Shauna Rolston

Recognized for her brilliant technique and onstage intensity, Shauna Rolston has a wide-ranging repertoire. A champion of contemporary music, she has given numerous premieres of works by contemporary composers, many written especially for her.

Rolston, Shauna
The music is an excerpt from Fauré's Elégie for cello and orchestra performed by Shauna Rolston and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Uri Mayer (photo by Taffi Rosen).

Rolston, Shauna

 Shauna Rolston, cellist (b. at Edmonton 31 Jan 1967). Rolston began as a child prodigy, taking her first cello lessons at the age of two with Claude Kenneson. She started performing in public at four. Following formative studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Rolston attended Yale University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a Master of Music degree. Since her debut at Town Hall in New York in 1983, Rolston has performed worldwide, including recital and concerto engagements in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Rome, Tokyo, Seoul, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, New York, Washington, DC, St. Louis, Denver, San Diego, Montreal, and Toronto. She has also performed at prestigious festivals in Finland (Kuhmo), Denmark (Tivoli), Norway (Stavanger), Italy (Gubbio), Mexico (San Miguel), United States (Newport) and Canada (Banff Festival of the Arts).

Recognized for her brilliant technique and onstage intensity, Shauna Rolston has a wide-ranging repertoire. A champion of contemporary music, she has given numerous premieres of works by contemporary composers, many written especially for her. A noted recording artist, Rolston received critical accolades for her recording of Elgar and Saint Saens concerti on CBC Records. She has also committed to disc works by Faure, Dvorak, Franck, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Glazunov, Debussy, Strauss, Barber, Messiaen, Lutoslawski, MORAWETZ, Bliss and others. Her most recent CD, This Is the Colour of My Dreams, is dedicated to pieces for cello and orchestra written for her by Heather Schmidt, Christos Hatzis, CHAN Ka Nin and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

In addition to a busy concert schedule, Rolston is much in demand as a guest master class instructor. She is professor of cello at the University of Toronto and a visiting artist at the BANFF CENTRE.