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

Paul van der Sloot, Violoncello

Calgary, AB

2013 Shean Strings Competition Winner Luri Lee, Violin.

18-year-old Paul van der Sloot started playing the ’cello at the age of 7 under the teaching of John Kadz at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.

He was recently awarded the Rose Bowl at the 2012 Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival for being the most outstanding performer in the entire competition. In 2012, Mr. van der Sloot competed in the finals for the National Music Festival, both solo and in his chamber group, placing 1st with his string trio.

He recently won the Calgary Youth Orchestra’s Frank Simpson Concerto Competition and the Calgary Civic Symphony’s C3 Competition. In 2012, he performed the Elgar ’Cello Concerto with both orchestras. Accepted as one of 13 cellists from around the world, Mr. van der Sloot traveled to Washington D.C. in 2012 to compete in the finals of the prestigious Johansen International Competition and in May 2013, he will be competing as one of 6 finalists in The Shean Strings Competition. Praised for his sound and colorful interpretations, Mr. van der Sloot has attracted many with his playing.

2013 Strings Competitors

Jesse Je Young Kim Luri Lee Yena Lee Paul van der Sloot Colleen Venables Lu Yu Lucy Wang

Important Information

Read the 2011 Shean Strings Results media release.

  • Winner of 2011 Shean Strings Competition: Eleanor Kendra James!
  • The application process for The Shean Strings Competition 2011 is now closed.
  • We received 20 applications, and have selected our competitors.
  • Strings Brochures are available on the download page.