Shannon Merciel (violoncello)
Shannon Merciel is an international student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland earning her Master’s degree in Cello Performance. She has previously won competitions through the National Federation of Music Clubs and Missouri Music Teachers Association, performed with the Honor Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, and participated in masterclasses with artists such as Peter Wiley, Jean-Guihen Queyras, David Geringas, and the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin.
She performed Shostakovich's first Cello Concerto with the University of Missouri Philharmonic in 2016 and performed Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in June of 2017. During her time at RCS, she has won apprenticeships with Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, she was appointed one of Scottish Ensemble’s Young Artists for 2018. At home in the United States, she appears with the Missouri Symphony and has served as principal cellist of the Columbia Civic Orchestra, Maryville Symphony in St. Louis, and the University of Missouri Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, she has won competitions through the Music Teachers National Association in the United States with Trio Giocoso and the Everest Quartet.
This year, her piano trio, Trio Doyenne, was highly commended in the Governor's Prize in Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During past summers, she attended the Meadowmount School of Music, the Montecito International Music Festival, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in the United States, as well as the MusicAlp Festival in France and the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival in Sicily. She currently studies with Alison Wells at RCS.