Cello soloist Roland Gjernes to close out symphony season

Concert will be held at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium at 3 p.m.

Cello soloist Roland Gjernes will perform at the Fraser Valley Symphony’s final concert of the season on Sunday

Cello soloist Roland Gjernes will perform at the Fraser Valley Symphony’s final concert of the season on Sunday

Cello soloist Roland Gjernes will perform at the Fraser Valley Symphony’s final concert of the season on Sunday, June 7.

Gjernes began studying the cello at the age of six and from 2004 to 2011, he served as principal cellist for the Semiahmoo Strings.

In addition to winning several scholarships, he earned a gold medal for 10 consecutive years from the South Fraser Registered Music Teachers’ Festival in B.C. He spent the summer of 2011 performing and touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as principal cellist and section member.

Gjernes is currently in his fourth year of his undergraduate degree. He was the recipient of the Piccolo Prix in the 2014 National Arts Center Bursary Competition. In 2014 he was invited to perform at the International Cello Festival of Canada and was honoured to perform alongside many great cellists.

After receiving his bachelor in cello performance, Gjernes hopes to complete his master’s degree in Europe.

The concert is at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way) at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2:30.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under.

Tickets are available at King’s Music, Tourism Abbotsford Visitor Centre, Black Bond Books (Mission) and Act 1 Music (Langley). Tickets are sold at the door, as available. For more information, visit www.fraservalleysymphony.org or call 604-746-6663.