Strings 2023:   May 18th – 20th at Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Grace Sohn, Violoncello

Coquitlam, BC

2017 Shean Strings Competition Winner Alice Lee, Vioion.

South Korea-born, Canadian ’cellist Grace Sohn is currently studying with Ariel Barnes at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM), where she frequently occupies the principal ’cellist position in the VAM Symphony Orchestra and participates in the chamber music program.

Among many accomplishments, she was the first prize winner of the International Busan Maru Competition held in South Korea, performing the Schumann ’Cello Concerto with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the Seattle Young Artist Music Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Kay Meek Competition, VAM’s Concerto Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Burnaby Clef Competition. She performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Philharmonia Northwest at Kane Hall and with the VAM Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater as soloist.

Ms. Sohn has performed in many international festivals such as the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, Banff Master Class for Strings program with scholarships in Canada, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in PyeongChang, South Korea with scholarships. She also had the chance to study with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz at the ’Cello Akademie Rutesheim in Germany where she had the opportunity to perform the Dvořák ’Cello Concerto at the student recital with pianist Keiko Tamura.

Ms. Sohn is currently seventeen-years-old attending the Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam. She plays a Neuner & Hornsteiner ’cello made in 1880 Germany.

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.