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

Colleen Venables, Violin

Armstrong, BC

2013 Shean Strings Competition Winner Luri Lee, Violin.

16 year old violinist and pianist, Colleen Venables, student of Bill van der Sloot at Mount Royal University Conservatory, the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition participate, has won many 1st prizes at the BC Performing Arts Festivals and took the 1st prize at the 2012 Canadian National Music Festival.

As a featured solo artist, Miss. Venables was featured twice at the Canada's Rising Stars" concert; performed with many Orchestras such as Vancouver Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestral, Calgary Civic Orchestral and Canada Day Orchestral; had the honour to perform Chopin piano works on CBC Radio; shared the stage with virtuoso violinist, Ning Feng in the "Path to Virtuosity", Wyatt Artist-in-Residence Concert Series; performed Canadian work at Western Canadian Music Awards Concert and also at International Children's Games opening ceremony; gave a solo recital in place of Sarah Chan on behalf of the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony “Amadeus Patrons” event.

Colleen has worked with artists around the world such as Pinchas Zukerman, Leonidas Kavakos, Andrés Cárdenes, Ian Swensen, Tong Wei-Dong, Tadeusz Gadzina, Nicola Benedetti, Gerardo Ribeiro, Shanghai Quartet and Ian Parker. She enjoys dancing, singing, improvising and any form of art that allows her to express and share with other people.

2013 Strings Competitors

Jesse Je Young Kim Luri Lee Yena Lee Paul van der Sloot Colleen Venables Lu Yu Lucy Wang

Important Information

Read the 2011 Shean Strings Results media release.

  • Winner of 2011 Shean Strings Competition: Eleanor Kendra James!
  • The application process for The Shean Strings Competition 2011 is now closed.
  • We received 20 applications, and have selected our competitors.
  • Strings Brochures are available on the download page.