In addition to her full-time position with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 2018, Meran Currie-Roberts has had a successful career across Canada as a cellist, teacher, and arts administrator.
Meran is originally from Victoria, B.C. She studied with James Hunter at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and with Shauna Rolston at the University of Toronto, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music. Before joining the ESO, she frequently appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Colorado Music Festival orchestras.
As a chamber musician, Meran has played for the Edmonton Recital Society, Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival, Festival Ibero Americano, Music at Port Milford, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kincardine Festival, and Festival Vancouver. She made her solo debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2020, playing Jocelyn Morlock's Solace. She is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton.
In addition to performing, Meran was formerly Dean of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. She is currently Executive & Artistic Director of the Health Arts Society of Alberta (HASA), a registered charity that brings professional concerts featuring local artists to Albertans living in care facilities across the province. HASA reaches over 10,000 people annually with in-person concerts and, in 2020, established concertsincareonline.ca, a website that features weekly, free concerts designed for care home residents.
An active teacher, Meran is on faculty at the University of Alberta, and also maintains a home studio. She is married to ESO Principal Cellist Rafael Hoekman, and they have two fabulous children who have no desire to be cellists.
In her free time, Meran loves playing chamber music (especially Beethoven), running, supporting her local library with an obsessive reading habit, and baking sourdough.