Strings 2017:   May 18th – 20th at Muttart Hall, Alberta College

Gabrielle Després, Violin

Edmonton, AB

2017 Shean Strings Competition Winner Alice Lee, Vioion.

16-year-old violinist Gabrielle Després was born in Edmonton and began her violin studies at the age of three under the tutelage of James Keene for nine years. Since 2016, she has been studying with Robert Uchida. She has won numerous local, provincial and national prizes, including first prize in both the nationals of the Canadian Music Competition and the Alberta Provincial Music Festival.

In 2012, Ms. Després performed the complete Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Concordia University Orchestra, and as the winner of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition, she performed with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. She has performed in violin master classes for Daniel Phillips, Annalee Patipatanakoon, and Andrew Wan. She studied at the Orford Summer Music Academy for two summers with Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, the Morningside Music Bridge 2013 summer program in Calgary, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival with Taras Gabora.

Ms. Després won the chamber music prize at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival in 2014 with her piano trio, the Lumière Trio. Most recently, Ms. Després was featured on CBC Radio-Canada’s new television show, Virtuose, placing second out of 24 young Canadian artists on this weekly series.

2017 Strings Competitors

Alice Lee Gabrielle Despres Grace Sohn Grace Takeda Sean Gao Shang Ko (Sunny) Chan

Important Information

  • The application process for The Shean Strings Competition 2017 is now closed.
  • We received 20 applications, and have selected our competitors.
  • Strings Brochures are available on the download page.