Resident in Banff, Alta, from 1979, she joined the Gifted Youth program at the Banff SFA and continued her musical studies with her parents. She participated regularly in cello master classes, studying in Banff with Zara Nelsova, János Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Gabriel Magyar, and in Europe with Pierre Fournier at the Geneva Conservatory and William Pleeth at the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh.
Rolston made her highly successful New York debut at the Town Hall with her mother, pianist Isobel Moore, in 1983 in a program that included Violet Archer's Improvisation for solo cello written for her and previously premiered by her in L'Aquila, Italy. Subsequently she has performed worldwide in recitals, radio and television broadcasts, and concerto appearances in Korea, Japan, Canada, Europe, and the USA.
By 1991 she had performed on more than 50 occasions as soloist with orchestra and had been heard frequently on the radio and TV networks of the CBC with Canada's major orchestras. In 1988 with the NACO she undertook a tour of the Maritime provinces. In recital tours (in the course of which, in Canada alone, she has appeared in 40 cities from British Columbia to Nova Scotia), she has been joined by pianists Isobel Moore, Bernadine Blaha, Menahem Pressler, Valerie Tryon, Gloria Saarinen, Angela Cheng, Peter Donohoe, William Tritt, and Elizabeth Sawyer. She has also performed in quintets with the Orford, Purcell, Colorado, and Franciscan string quartets. In 1983, at the invitation of János Starker, she performed Kodály's Sonata for Cello Solo at the Third American Cello Congress in Bloomington, Ind.
Rolston has received major awards from the Canada Council and from the US Pro Musicis foundation. In 1986 she received the Alberta Achievement Award. Her career has been documented in periodicals such as The Strad and Musical America and in numerous TV productions, including the 1989 feature film World Stage produced by CFRN, Edmonton. For her contributions to Canadian music, Rolston was made an ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre in 2009.
I Got Plenty Of Gershwin. Canadian Piano Trio. (1988). Pro Arte CDG-3321 (CD)
Morawetz Memorial to Martin Luther King - Bruch - Fauré - Dvořák - Bliss. Edmonton SO, Mayer conductor. 1989. CBC SMCD-5105
The Romantic Cello: Schumann - Bruch - Saint-Saënes - Fauré - Popper. Moore piano. Sefel SEFD-5036
Author Brian Harris
Richler, Noah. 'Taking a bow,' SatN, Mar 1988
Bernstein, Tamara. '"I never felt like a wind-up toy",' Toronto Globe and Mail, 22 Aug 1991
Links to Other Sites
The official website for the Piano Six Foundation, a non-profit organization that brought outstanding musicians to small communities across the country.
a pairing of SwanS
The website about the dance DVD "a pairing of SwanS," described as a "poetic homage to the two consummate Canadian artists of the international ballet scene Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington." Many other prominent dancers also featured.
The website for acclaimed cellist Shauna Rolston. Features videos, audio clips from her recordings, and much more.