Strings 2021:   May 21st – 22nd at Muttart Hall, Alberta College

Emad Zolfaghari, viola

Windsor, ON

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16-year-old Toronto-based violist Emad Zolfaghari comes from a musical family. Upon moving from Michigan in 2018, Mr. Zolfaghari joined the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra where he often performs as principal player, as well as The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists on full scholarship as the only student violist. He has performed in various concerto competitions, and won first prize in the 2020 Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2019 Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Competition, OMFA’s 2019 and 2020 Provincial Finals Competition, and second prize in the 2020 Oakville Chamber Orchestra Competition.

He is also a finalist of the 2018 Royal Oak Concerto Competition, as well as the 2019 Geringas Memorial Scholarship competition. As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Zolfaghari will appear as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and Oakville Chamber Orchestra in the 2020/21 season. Mr. Zolfaghari currently studies with Theresa Rudolph, Assistant Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in master classes for distinguished artists such as Hsin-Yun Huang, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Misha Amory, Steven Tenenbom, Teng Li, Atar Arad, Wang Shaowu, and Eric Nowlin.

In summer of 2019, Mr. Zolfaghari participated in the 23rd Morningside Music Bridge summer program on full scholarship to study with Teng Li, principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In summer of 2020, Mr. Zolfaghari participated in the 10th Center Stage Strings festival and the 24th Morningside Music Bridge summer program, both on full scholarship.

2021 Strings Competitors

Luka Coetzee Hannah Corbett Gabrielle Depres Jacques Forestier Russell Iceberg Nina Zhou

Upcoming Events

  • The Shean Strings Competition will take place May 18-20, 2011 at Muttart Hall, Alberta College Campus, Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Recent News


The adjudicators for the 2011 competition are David Hoyt, chair; Moshe Hammer, violin and Colin Ryan, violoncello.


The application process is now closed. We have received 20 applications and our current timeline is to let all applicants know if they were successful in advancing to the semi-final and final rounds by mid-January 2011.