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Shauna Rolston

Professor, Cello 

Head of Strings

BA (Yale), MM (Yale)
website: www.shaunarolston.com (opens in new window)


Award-winning 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 with such distinguished artists as Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Andrew Davis, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Keith Lockhart, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hans Graf, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrey Boreyko,  Menahem Pressler, as well as undertaking innovative collaborations with Veronica Tennant, Evelyn Hart, and Peggy Baker.

Praised for her blazing technique and her ability to captivate the imagination and touch the heart of each audience member, Shauna continues to astonish and delight with her concerts, recordings, and world premieres.

Shauna’s passion for the music of our time has led to the commission and creation for her of more than 50 new works for cello, including several concerti by Canada's leading composers.  She has also given the Canadian and North American premieres of works by Gavin Bryars, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Osvaldo Golijov, John Tavener, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Augusta Read Thomas among many others.

Upcoming projects include a cello concerto by Kelly-Marie Murphy and 3 double concerti: one for improvising cello and contemporary jazz piano composed by and performed with Canadian jazz sensation David Braid; another for cello and piano composed by and performed with Heather Schmidt; and “Carbon Concerto” for carbon cello and accordion composed by Douglas Schmidt.

A recording artist since the age of 16, her most recent CD, Dreamscape, features Shauna as soloist with cello orchestra in arrangements of popular classical favourites. Upcoming releases include Icicles of Fire featuring the music of Heather Schmidt written for Shauna with the composer at the piano and the Bach and Britten solo cello suites.

In addition to her busy concert and recording career, Shauna is a devoted educator.  Much in demand as a guest master class artist, Shauna is also Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Artist for the Music and Sound Programs at The Banff Centre.  Shauna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yale University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with the distinguished cellist and pedagogue, Aldo Parisot.