B i o g r a p h y
Shane Lestideau is a musician with a variety of experiences gathered over nearly every continent of the globe. Fortunate enough to have acquired a parallel education in both Classical and Traditional Irish and Scottish music in Australia, she has gone on to work with baroque ensembles on some of the most prestigious stages in France, fiddled her way around Ireland and Scotland, and performed and recorded with dozens of top musicians all over Europe.
Shane has over 15 years teaching experience on the violin in conservatoriums, music schools, private tuition and workshops.
Shane grew up in the heart of the Australian bush, in an isolated National Park where home schooling was necessary, then in the Blue Mountains, NSW, where she was finally able to start violin classes. After finishing the Suzuki levels, she lived in Ireland and Scotland for a year, developing her traditional music repertoire and making the most of her Suzuki training to play everything by ear. She also worked with the Sligo Baroque Ensemble shortly before returning to Australia to complete a performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on modern violin. Studying with Anna MacDonald in Sydney and Patrick Bismuth at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris gave her the training necessary to work professionally as a baroque violinist during the ten year period that she lived in France. She continued to teach Classical repertoire, traditional Irish and Scottish music on a modern instrument, as well as studying Modal music practice with teachers such as Fawaz Baker and Ross Daly.
Shane is also a music researcher specialised in the music of eighteenth-century Scotland. She is currently completing a PhD on Scottish-Australian music and working as an Academic Assistant at the University of Melbourne. She directs the Victorian-based Evergreen Ensemble which performs up to 30 dates annually around Australia and collaborates frequently with Australian and international guest performers. The ensemble has released two albums through ABC Classics in 2019.
As a freelance baroque musician, Shane works for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Adelaide Baroque Orchestra, St John's Bach Orchestra and the Newman College Choir Orchestra. She has also collaborated with La Compañia, Ludovico's Band, and Australian Baroque Brass.
Photo Credit: Louisa Jones
"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)