Ronda Metszies was born and raised in Edmonton, where she studied cello with Sheila Laughton. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Victoria, she continued her studies in Edmonton with Tanya Prochazka and then in Germany and Austria, where she worked with Julius Berger, Friedrich Sellheim and Heinrich Schiff.
Ms. Metszies has released two CDs of music for cello and piano on the Arktos label, both of which are frequently played on CKUA and CBC radio, as well as a music video for Bravo! Television. Before moving back to Edmonton, Ronda was living in Los Angeles, where she performed regularly at the University of Southern California and in several local chamber music recital series. In addition to playing with the ESO, Ronda has a special interest in early music, and is a member of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, with whom she has made frequent appearances as a guest soloist.
Ronda is also a member of Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet, whose debut jazz CD was nominated for a Juno Award in 2007. Since then, the octet has released two additional CDs, toured Europe twice, and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and at the Rochester Jazz Festival in 2016, where their concert was recorded for national broadcast by PBS.