Known for her love of sparkle and bling, quirky laugh, and warm, genuine personality, world-class improv violinist and vocalist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three.
Hailing from a century-family-farm in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, but currently based in Vancouver, BC, Rosemary is a small-town farm girl dominating the world-stage playing a 300-year-old violin named “Sparkle” that was played in King Louis XIV’s orchestra.
She’s performed four times at New York’s Carnegie Hall, played private concerts for two U.S. Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers, and 16-time GRAMMY Award-Winner David Foster, and was the first violinist to ever perform at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican since its first mass in 1483. In addition to having recorded nine-albums as a solo-violinist, Golden West Broadcasting recently commissioned Canadian composer Victor Davies to compose a violin concerto for Rosemary entitled “The Journey”, which was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a sold-out world premiere at Centennial Concert Hall.
In August 2016, Rosemary’s hometown of Plum Coulee, Manitoba, unveiled a sign in her honour at the edge of the town that reads, “Plum Coulee, Home of Rosemary Siemens.” It inspired her to write, record, and release her debut bluegrass album titled, Plum Coulee, My Home, featuring her vocal debut accompanied by her band Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival.
Since Rosemary’s album release in 2016, Plum Coulee, My Home, won “Best Country/Gospel Album of the Year” at Canada’s 2018 Gospel Music Awards, charted #11 on the Canadian Country-Music Sales Chart, won the 2016 Global Music Award for “Best Bluegrass/Country Album”, and was featured in Billboard Magazine. In March, 2017, Rosemary hit the road on her “Have a Little Faith” tour of Western Canada to promote her album, playing 11 shows in 10 cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, and her hometown area of southern Manitoba, where her boyfriend, now husband, award-winning jazz saxophonist Eli Bennett, interrupted her show by walking-down the isle while playing “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” on his saxophone and proposed to her on stage in front of a sold-out audience. She said, “Yes!”, and the video of the proposal went viral and was featured on CBC National News, MSN News, and Yahoo.
Since the 2017 launch of Rosemary’s U.S. radio-single “Barefoot ‘N Bling”, the single charted #9 for most-downloaded and streamed track, beating Garth Brooks and Eric Church and Rosemary is scheduled for a U.S. Radio tour in summer, 2017. The track features GRAMMY Award-winner Carl Jackson on banjo and the music video was filmed on Rosemary’s family’s century farm in Plum Coulee, Manitoba.
Rosemary has performed in over twenty-five countries as well as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Hockey Night in Canada, and concerts for Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Walt Disney World for Children’s Miracle Network, the Latin GRAMMY Awards, The Miss America Pageant, L’Oreal Paris, the World Entrepreneur Forum, the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Canada’s Gospel Music Awards, and recently shared the stage in Nashville with gospel artist and 10-time GRAMMY Award-Winner CeCe Winans.
Rosemary’s duo group “Roy & Rosemary” recently performed the world premiere of their composition, “The Courtial Concerto” written for the Ambassador of Rome at the world’s largest sacred music festival at the Vatican, and their music video of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” recently went ‘viral’ and has over 21 million views on YouTube.
In May, 2018, Rosemary had the honour to perform her “Path of Prayer” and share her story of faith in Ottawa at the 2018 Canadian National Prayer Breakfast for Canada’s Leaders and Members of Parliament.
In addition to a demanding performing and touring schedule, Rosemary was recently featured as a star on the world-premiere of The Food Network’s new hit show “Chef In Your Ear”. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to the arts in Canada. In August, 2018, Rosemary performed at the Harvest for Kids event in Winkler, Manitoba, where they received a Guinness World-Record for most-combines combining a section of land at the same time. Her song “Heavenly Harvest” was the theme song for the event and was recently nominated for a 2019 Gospel Music Award for “Country Song of the Year”.
Rosemary’s passion is to take her violin everywhere – to unexpected locations to touch, inspire, and make people smile through music. From performing for passengers stranded at the Calgary International Airport during Christmas, to bringing a man to tears with a version of the classic hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” at Rome’s iconic Colosseum, to taking song requests for a U.S. retired veteran at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Nashville, you never know where Rosemary will show up to touch people with her music. You can follow her exciting adventures on social media at @RosemarySiemens.
Award-winning jazz saxophonist Eli Bennett and international violin sensation Rosemary Siemens have been wowing audiences across the globe with their beautiful melodies, innovative sound and electrifying performance style since joining forces as SaxAndViolin. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this husband and wife duo have performed countless private events and concerts around the world for companies such as Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Bentley, Dell, and L’Oreal Paris. They’ve also performed for Canada’s Prime Minister on Parliament Hill, Hockey Night In Canada at Vancouver’s Roger’s Arena, and recently at The Vatican in Rome. Their debut album entitled Can’t Help Falling In Love (Instrumental Love Songs), Vol. 1, featuring songs that inspired their love story, released on Valentine’s Day, 2020, and debuted at #3 on the Canadian iTunes Charts.
Their music videos, including their recent cover of Lady Gaga’s hit-song “Shallow” from the movie A Star is Born, and Ed Sheeran’s hit-song “Perfect”, have also garnered over ten million views on Facebook and YouTube. Their unique ability to play any style of music and jump seamlessly through genres and eras while maintaining their signature sound have made them a hit with a wide range of audiences.
International violin sensation Rosemary Siemens has performed four times at New York’s Carnegie Hall and was the first violinist to ever perform at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican since its inception in 1483. Rosemary has performed in over 25 countries, 40 U.S. States, for two U.S. Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers, and recently won “Country/Gospel Album of the Year“ at Canada’s Gospel Music Awards. She also recently performed at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry for the Inspirational Bluegrass Awards for which she was nominated for three awards.
Internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist Eli Bennett is one of Canada’s most recognized saxophonists. He has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson and the Neville Brothers, opened for the legendary pianist Herbie Hancock, and had one of the top jazz albums in Canada with his WCMA nominated “Jazz Album of the Year” debut, Breakthrough. Bennett has also received a Juno Award nomination for “Instrumental Album of the Year”.
Combined with their genuine warm personalities, extraordinary musical accomplishments and dazzling style, SaxAndViolin brings something more than just music – they make a lasting impression that leaves every audience wanting more.
Eli Bennett Film Composer
As a film composer with over thirty credits, Eli's scores have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including Festival de Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2012, he earned a Leo-Nomination for additional music in the film Nash – The Documentary (Alliance), and in 2013 received two Leo-nominations for his work on short films Reset and Escape Act. Recently, he was the co-composer for Take Back Your Power, which won the 2014 Leo Award for “Best Documentary”.
Bennett’s debut album, Breakthrough (funded by The Canada Council for the Arts), was released in late 2014, and has since received extensive international attention, ranking in the top ten on the Canadian and U.S. Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums of 2014. In addition to major international radio play in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Ottawa Citizen named Breakthrough the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014, while All About Jazz, Earshot Magazine and Wholenote Magazine echoed similar critical acclaim for the debut. In early 2015, Breakthrough won the Julian Jazz Award for ‘Best Canadian Jazz Album by an Emerging Artist’, as well as a nomination for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2016, Breakthrough was named the “#4 Best Canadian Release of 2015” by JAZZ.FM91, North America’s top jazz radio station.
Bennett recently wrapped up his Breakthrough Tour 2015, a 10–day, 10–show cross–Canada tour with his quartet that saw him perform sold–out concerts at Canada’s major jazz festivals including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, where he was featured prime–time main stage for over ten thousand people after receiving the nomination for the TD Grand Jazz Award from the festival. In support of the success of Breakthrough, Eli Bennett will be announcing his Breakthrough World Tour 2016 with his quartet shortly.