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

Shauna Rolston


Award-winning Canadian ’cellist Shauna Rolston is considered by peers and fans alike to be one of the most compelling and unique musical voices on the stage today. Since receiving a mini ’cello for her 2nd birthday, Shauna has appeared around the world, performing in the world’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and was the featured artist at the 1988 Olympics.

Praised for her blazing technique and her ability to touch the heart of each audience member, Shauna continues to astonish and delight with concerts, recordings, and world premieres. Her passion for contemporary music has led to the commission and creation for her of more than 50 works for ’cello, including concerti by Canada’s leading composers.

The diversity of Shauna’s artistry is reflected in her many honours, most recently her appointments as Canadian Music Centre Ambassador and Honorary Ambassador for Sistema-Toronto, and the Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

In addition to her concert and recording career, Shauna is a devoted educator, and much in demand as a master class artist, and as a juror for prestigious competitions, most recently the Bader and Overton, and the Concours de Genève Cello Competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with the distinguished ’cellist and pedagogue, Aldo Parisot. Ms. Rolston is currently Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto and is managed world-wide by Michael Dufresne

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.