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

Jacques Forestier, violin

Edmonton, AB

2021 Shean Strings Competition Winner Jacques Forestier, Violin.

Born into a family of musicians, 16-year-old Jacques Forestier began playing the violin at the age of two, and has since delighted audiences across North America, Europe, and Asia. Presently studying with Patinka Kopec of the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Forestier is also a student of Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, and Catherine Cho at the Perlman Music Program. Mr. Forestier has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world making his orchestral début with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Mr. Forestier has been a prize winner of many national and international competitions most recently taking top prizes at the 2019 OSM Manulife Competition.

In March 2015, Mr. Forestier was invited to perform as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York. In May 2019, Mr. Forestier toured Asia with the award winning European ensemble – LGT Young Soloists. Since 2016, Mr. Forestier has been a student at the Mount-Royal Conservatory of Music Academy for Gifted Youth – Advance Performance Program. Presented as a student-artist at the 2019 biennial Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, Mr. Forestier was also a semi-finalist at the 2018 Menuhin International Competition in Geneva, Switzerland – the only Canadian to qualify. Mr. Forestier is grateful for the support of many local grants and scholarships including the Winspear Scholarship, the Shean Scholarship, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant.

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.