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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Royal Conservatory Alumni Winners of Instruments from Canada Council Instrument Bank


Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and Barry Shiffman, Director of Chamber Music, The Royal Conservatory, proudly congratulate the alumni who won the 2012 Competition of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank. Fifteen Conservatory alumni –representing over 80% of competition winners – earned the privilege to borrow, for three years, a priceless item from the Canada Council’s collection of rare instruments.

“The finest instruments offer an infinite palette of colour and extraordinary projection of sound,” says Mr. Shiffman. “These exceptional emerging artists will now access the necessary tools to realize their musical potential.”

Available items included fine-stringed instruments (violins and cellos) as well as a cello bow, all created between 1689 and 1929. Winners selected instruments based on their overall placement in the competition.

Fifty-one Canadian musicians applied to the prestigious competition, held every three years. A peer assessment committee selected twenty-eight finalists to undergo auditions and interviews, which took place at The Royal Conservatory.

The 15 winning Royal Conservatory alumni are listed below, along with the instruments they selected:

Nikki Chooi (Victoria): ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari, valued at $5 million
Timothy Chooi (Victoria): 1729 Guarneri del Gesu, valued at $5 million
Kerry DuWors (Saskatoon): 1902 Enrico Rocca, valued at $225,000
Matilda Kaul (Toronto): 1747 Palmason Januarius Gagliano, valued at $350,000
Clarissa Klopoushak (Saskatoon): 1902 Enrico Rocca, valued at $225,000
Iryna Krechkovsky (Toronto): 1689 Baumgartner Stradivari, valued at $5 million
Véronique Mathieu (Quebec City): 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, valued at $380,000
Boson Mo (Montreal): 1871 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, valued at $250,000
Andréa Tyniec (Montreal): 1900 Stefano Scarampella, valued at $160,000
Emmanuel Vukovich (Montreal): 1768 Miller Januarius Gagliano, valued at $350,000
Emily Westell (Calgary): 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari, valued at $5 million

Arnold Choi (Calgary): 1696 Bonjour Stradivari, valued at $11 million
Rachel Desoer (Hamilton): 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone, valued at $200,000
Karen Ouzounian (Toronto): 1830 Shaw Adam cello bow, valued at $50,000
Se-Doo Park (Toronto): 1824 McConnell Nicolaus Gagliano, valued at $500,000

Now in its 125th anniversary year, The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world.Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please


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