Violin (22 years old)
Since picking up a violin at the age of seven, Shauno has had music at the centre of his life. From his time at Long Bay College and then through studies at university, Shauno has received a number of accolades and scholarships recognising his outstanding dedication to the instrument.
Currently finishing his Post Graduate Degree at the University of Auckland, Shauno is planning to audition for Conservatories of Music in both Germany and America where he can work on his dream to become an all-round professional violinist and train further in chamber music, teaching, solo work and as a recording musician.
He was the youngest ever musician to be the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Soloist of the year, Soloist of the year, winner of the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, and was an Official Trio-in-Residence for the 2015 Akaroa International Music Festival. Shauno was also recently appointed as Concert Master of the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Shauno has been accepted to the prestigious International Mendelssohn Festival Akademie in Hamburg, Germany.
Additionally, Shauno has been given the privilege of using the Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (1845) Violin in honour of violinist Stephen Managh. The violin is known as one of the best violins in the country and was given to be played by New Zealand’s most promising young violinists.