Scandinavian Cello School
About Us


Scandinavian Cello School (SCS) is the only center of its kind in the world.

Following a viral story in 2021, more than 1.7 billion around the world have heard about Scandinavian Cello School in Stevns (source: Hypefactors). SCS has a unique ethos – achieve a healthy work-life balance, side by side with world class music training. Outreach concerts, outdoor experiences and collective living are all part of their philosophy to create more balanced and ultimately better musicians.

SCS gives musicians a place to stay, work, have lessons and gain inspiration. There are no tuition costs at SCS and numerous scholarships are available for travel/living costs. SCS has made a huge impact in both a local and international level, from social concerts in Stevns to performing on invitation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at their ball in the Musikverein (Vienna).


Jacob Shaw was born in London and attended the Yehudi Menuhin School, before his studies took him to France, Germany, the USA and Denmark. Following a solo career spanning 5 continents he launched a consultancy service for musicians.

Passionate about working with young musicians he has taught internationally and educated numerous international prize winning cellists.


Jacob Shaw (DENMARK-UK) – Director
Karen Johanne Pedersen (DENMARK) – Artistic Leader

Steering Committee

David Lau Magnussen (DENMARK) – Board Member
Henrik Pedersen (DENMARK) – Board Member
Petra Kusan (CROATIA) – Board Member + Steering Committee
Marc Casanovas (SPAIN) – Steering Committee
Johannes Gray (USA) – Steering Committee SCS Young Artist
Roberta Verna (GERMANY) – Steering Committee SCS Young Artist

Honorary Artistic Advisors

Maddalena Del Gobbo (ITALY) – Artistic Patron of SCS
Honorary Artistic Advisors
Julius Berger (GERMANY) – Cellist
Remy Franck (LUXEMBOURG) – Journalist
David Geber (USA)– Cellist
Hans Jørgen Jensen (DENMARK) – Cellist
Nico Muhly (USA) – Composer
Chantal Stigliani (FRANCE) – Pianist
Laurence Vittes (USA) – Classical Music Specialist and Writer


Scandinavian Cello School challenges and strengthens both international and Danish talents that are brought together. A solid foundation for their future is planted whilst on Danish soil through world class teaching, essential networking and a healthy life balance.

SCS strengthens the quality of an already strong music scene in Denmark, alongside contributing to the spread of a quintessentially Danish approach to working: High quality training and focus going hand in hand with socializing, good home-grown food and strong respect for individual personalities.

The scEach year more than 150 musicians, typically aged from 16-25, visit SCS in Stevns for stays (mini-residencies) of 3-7 days. Additionally, there are a select number of elite talents who come for 5-7 days  each month as “SCS Young Artists”. 50 or more professional musicians each year use the facilities for rehearsals, recordings or retreats. All tuition costs are free at Scandinavian Cello School.

hool has succeeded since its inception in bringing classical music to new audiences and in untraditional surroundings – from prisons to hospitals, from farms to shipping containers. When Roberta Verna won the position as 1st concertmaster at Copenhagen Phil, her preparation “mock auditions” took place in cow sheds, for the handicapped and for local fishermen: All designed to take her mind off the stress and pressure of an audition situation and instead focus on the music (plus of course at the same time giving a memorable experience for the audience).

SCS Landsbykoncerter supports local initiatives on Stevns. SCS arranges the concerts and supplies the musicians, whilst the local association of whom the concert is supporting takes 100% of the ticket sales. Each concert aims to bring international quality music, side by side raising awareness of local missions – raising vital funds in the meantime.

SCS is a partner of UNESCO Stevns Klint and extremely active with at least 25 local events in Stevns, plus around 40 concerts nationally and internationally. Students and residents of SCS have already put a large stamp on the Danish music scene.

SCS enjoys collaborations with professors, institutions and industry leaders from all over the world. During the pandemic numerous classes were held online for those unable to travel to Stevns – free to participate / attend – with industry leaders such as violinist Maxim Vengerov, cellist Matias Oliviera del Pinto and representatives from Deutsche Grammophon, Warner International and CAMI (Columbia Artists International).

A proposed development plan targeted to the 3 walks of formal Danish music education (music school – MGK – academies) is a pledge from SCS to Danish music life for the future. Denmark can continue to be a strong contender on the international music scene for years to come with a steady stream of not only Danish trained musicians – but the added essential for a thriving music scene – music lovers to fill the many music associations, concert halls and festivals Denmark has on offer.



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