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Friday, July 15, 2011

Cellist Kaori Yamagami wins the Virginia Parker Prize

Cellist Kaori Yamagami wins the Virginia Parker Prize

from the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa, July 19, 2011 –
Canadian cellist Kaori Yamagami, who has been mastering the cello since the age of three, is the 2011 recipient of the Virginia Parker Prize, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. Kaori Yamagami was chosen by a jury through the Council’s peer assessment committee process. The $25,000 prize was established in 1982 by Virginia Parker for Canadian performers of classical music under the age of 32, who demonstrate outstanding talent and musicianship.

I am extremely honoured to be the winner of the 2011 Virginia Parker Prize. I hope to live up to all the expectations which come with this honour,” said the internationally recognized cellist. “One of my largest hopes is to be more present as an artist in Canada. I am eternally grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which made a significant difference in my development as a musician and played a huge role in where I am today.”

“Kaori Yamagami is an exciting choice for the Virginia Parker Award because she is an exceptional cellist,” said Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, Robert Sirman. “She represents the wealth of talent that continues to make Canada shine on the international stage.”

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