38th Northern Alberta
Winner, Intermediate Strings
Fifteen-year-old Jonah Hansen began learning the cello with Victoria Clarke at age five, where he enjoyed chamber music and cello ensembles under her coaching. At age thirteen, he began to study with Rafael Hoekman. Jonah was the Principal Cello of the EYO Intermediate Orchestra in 2016- 2017 and is currently a member of the EYO Senior Orchestra.He achieved RCM Grade Nine Cello at age thirteen.
Jonah has participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival for the past seven years and Fall Festival in 2018, receiving many scholarships, including the Alexandra M. Munn scholarship. He has been recommended to the Kiwanis Festival Alberta Provincial Competition several times, and was awarded second place in the Junior Cello Category in 2018. He has been invited to perform as an emerging artist for the Summer Solstice Music Festival for the last two years.
In the summer of 2018, Jonah attended the Valhalla Fine Arts Summer Camp working with John Kadz, Johann Perron, and the Cello and Chamber Music Seminar at the University of Alberta working with Rafael Hoekman and Laura Veeze.
Jonah occasionally performs with his violinist sister Jillie, for special occasions. He also enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball and badminton. He regularly volunteers at the Misericordia hospital. He looks forward to more competitions in future such as the Canadian Music Competition, and to learning more of the great cello works.