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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ten-year-old Devon Plaskett Wins Yamaha Grand Piano


The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce 10-year-old Devon Plaskett of Caledon, Ontario, as the winner of a Yamaha GB1K Grand Piano, awarded through a national contest honouring The Royal Conservatory’s 125th anniversary. The piano was delivered on December 4.

“It was surreal. I wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not,” recalled Catherine Plaskett, Devon’s mother. “The piano is an impressive musical instrument and I think Devon will be proud to practice on it and play for family and friends.”

Organized by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. and The Royal Conservatory, the contest was open to any student who registered for Conservatory examinations from April 5, 2011 to June 11, 2012. Teachers of registrants were also eligible. Students who did not sign up for exams during this period were able to participate by submitting handwritten essays.

The Royal Conservatory received a grand total of 27,484 contest entries from across Canada. The winner was chosen by random draw.

Yamaha donated the piano, valued at $14,000.

“Having access to such a beautiful instrument provides a powerful incentive to continue to develop musical skill and expression,” said Angela Elster, Vice-President Academic, The Royal Conservatory. “We are grateful to long-time partner Yamaha for its generous support of this contest as well as its ongoing efforts to help The Royal Conservatory develop human potential through music and arts education.”

Devon’s winning entry came on the heels of her successful Grade 2 Piano examination, taken in Orangeville, Ontario, in January 2012. She is planning to use her new piano to practice for her Grade 3 Piano examination, scheduled for January 2013.

About The Royal Conservatory
The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts 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 visit

About Yamaha
Since its founding in 1887, the Yamaha Group has developed its business activities focusing on musical instruments, audio products, Yamaha music schools, and other products and services related to sound and music. We are pleased, indeed, that Yamaha touches on the lives of and brings joy to so many people around the world. Our corporate philosophies are embedded in our customer oriented management and operations; providing excellence in our products and services; continuous efforts to expand our existing market and create new markets; enhancement of research and development on a long range perspective; commitment to care for end users through providing even better service after sale; pursuit of further globalization of Yamaha's business; fostering positive growth through diversification.

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