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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. She 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 of more than 50 works for cello. She is 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.
Heather Schmidt’s unique dual talents as a pianist and composer have garnered praise from the press, describing her as "a brilliant virtuoso pianist”, “poised and utterly musical”, “a great artist", and "as much a pianist in the professional sense as she is a composer.” She studied at Juilliard and at Indiana University, where at age 21, she became the youngest student to receive a Doctor of Music degree. Heather has received significant recognition including: two JUNO nominations, three BMI Awards, a SOCAN Composer Award, the Zwilich Prize in the International League of Women Composers Competition, First Place in the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and First Place, the Audience Choice Award, and the Maestro’s Choice Millennium Foundation Award at the Canadian Concerto Competition. Heather’s recordings include “Icicles of Fire”, a CD of works she composed for and performs with Shauna Rolston.
Shauna Rolston and Heather Schmidt are managed world-wide by Michael Dufresne, President, Michael Gerard Management Group (www.mgmg.ca).