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

Nancy Dahn


Violinist Nancy Dahn, University Research Professor and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is widely known as one half of Duo Concertante, with pianist Timothy Steeves. Known for the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances, Duo Concertante has worked together since 1997, developing the exceptionally unified voice that has repeatedly impressed audiences worldwide.

In over 600 performances at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall, critics have described their playing as “grace and fire… fury and repose… a triumphant mass of non-stop energy” (WholeNote), “Splendid… a miracle of knowledge and poetry” (Gramophone),”spectacular” (American Record Guide), and have praised their “artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique” (La Scena Musicale).

Nancy’s twelve commercial CDs include a 2011 JUNO award winner and the ECMA Classical Recording of the Year for 2017, 2018, and 2019. Their newest release of new Canadian works inspired by the climate emergency, Ecology of Being(Marquis Classics, March 2022), has been praised as “world-class…a powerful and deeply moving album” (WholeNote), and “wonderful music, superbly recorded... a balm for the soul” (Audiophilia).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she holds the John Lewis Paton Distinguished Professorship at Memorial University and is also Co-Artistic Director of the Tuckamore Festival.

2023 Strings Competitors

Olivia Yelim Cho Melissa Du Dale Jeong Lexie Jana Krakowski Daria Schibitcaia Benjamin Seah

Important Information

Read the 2021 Shean Strings Results media release.

  • Winner of 2021 Shean Strings Competition: Jacques Forestier!
  • The application process for The Shean Strings Competition 2023 is now closed.
  • We received many applications, and have selected our competitors.
  • Strings Brochures are available on the download page.