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

Lexie Jana Krakowski, Violoncello

Victoria, BC

2023 Shean Strings Competition Winner Benjamin Seah, Violin.

Featured as one of CBC's “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2022, 19-year-old ’cellist Lexie Jana Krakowski has been awarded first place at several recent competitions, including First Prize and Grand Award at the 2021 National Music Festival of Canada.

Originally from Victoria, BC, she received early instruction from Brian Yoon, Paula Kiffner, and Karen Whyte at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. During that time, Ms. Krakowski was awarded first place at the 2020 Don Chrysler Competition, 2019 Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Competition, and appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras.

Currently a second-year undergraduate student at The Glenn Gould School of Music, Ms. Krakowski studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz, and gratefully receives full scholarship support from The Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to attend summer institutes such as The Meadowmount School of Music, Orford Academy, and Domaine Forget de Charlevoix; learning from acclaimed ’cellists such as Hans Jørgen Jensen, Lynn Harrell, and Johannes Moser, among others.

Ms. Krakowski currently plays on a 19th century French ’cello and bow generously on loan to her from the Gail O'Riordan Climate and the Arts Legacy Fund under the auspices of the Victoria Foundation.

2023 Strings Competitors

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

Important Information

Read the 2023 Shean Strings Results media release.

  • Winner of 2023 Shean Strings Competition: Benjamin Seah!
  • 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.