"Shane Lestideau is a superb musician with her finely nuanced phrasing and commanding playing."

(Music Trust, Loud Mouth e-zine 2019, with Evergreen Ensemble)


"The baroque violin playing of Shane Lestideau and Ben Dollman was full of zeal and tonal sensitivity throughout the concert, capturing the spirit of folk music with whimsical charm"

(ClassikON 2019, with Evergreen Ensemble)

Her violin playing was exquisite. The gut strings provided an earthy tone and her skills as an improvisor shone..."

(ClassikON 2018, with Evergreen Ensemble)

“…the mix of baroque, traditional and contemporary music was wisely blended, and the audience thoroughly appreciated the performance…”

(Ouest France Newspaper, 2013, with Baroka)

“La grâce, le talent, et la complicité de Shane Lestideau et d'Ysa ont fait le bonheur du public qui a assisté au concert donné à Saint-Jean.” 

​(Le Telegramme, 2013, with Duo Lestideau/Ysa)


2019 has seen me focus on early Scottish-Australian music collections. I was awarded the 2019 National Folk Fellowship to explore examples of Scottish music brought to Australia in the early days of colonisation held at the National Library of Australia. This research resulted in an album, "One Hundred Days Away", released through ABC Classics. Buy the album here. Concert dates here.

In June 2019 a second recording took place in the ABC studios in Sydney and was released through ABC Classics. The early Scottish-Australian music was this time taken from Sydney Living Museums and the State Library of NSW for the recording. Buy the album here.

violin teaching

I offer private tuition from the Four Seasons Violin Studio in Geelong. Classes can be taken in a variety of musical styles, and to students of all ages and levels of experience. Classical, Baroque, Celtic, World music, Improvisation, AMEB, Suzuki-style teaching methods, Aural training, Music Theory. Children can start from the age of 3, with no age limit at the other end of the scale! I teach in both french and english.



Workshops & festivals


Boxwood Festival is perfect for flute or violin players with a classical background who want to explore the infectious melodies of traditional and folk repertoire from Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia Canada. As well as ensemble playing and technique tips, much repertoire is taught and communicated aurally in an encouraging and fun environment. Classes are especially suited to players of flute, whistle, recorder, violin, fiddle and smallpipes. The weekend offers accommodation, great meals, a concert and a ceilidh, as the deep connections between music, song and dance are at the heart of the program for the weekend.

More information at 

2020: Save the dates! 27 February - 1 March

I'll be teaching at Boxwood; baroque fiddle classes,

18thC Scottish repertoire, and ensemble classes.

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