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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Royal Conservatory Launches Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency at Glenn Gould School

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Donation of $1 million to Growing Greatness campaign from
the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce the establishment of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program at The Royal Conservatory’s The Glenn Gould School. It has been made possible through a generous donation of $1 million from the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. The Program is the only one of its kind in Canada, offering a rich curriculum for career development designed to be the catalyst for launching successful professional careers of extraordinary Canadian emerging artists who have completed their formal training.

“The Royal Conservatory is grateful to the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for their support of our Growing Greatness campaign in establishing the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program,” says Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory. “This exceptional Program raises the profile of Canada’s most promising and brilliant young musicians, and strengthens The Conservatory’s standing as an incubator of excellence among the finest music education institutions in the world.”

The Program will include private study with exceptional faculty and guest artists, concert presentations and career coaching, along with marketing training and support. Additionally, each Rebanks Fellow will participate in a funded international residency.

The $1 million gift from the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to The Royal Conservatory’s Growing Greatness campaign addresses a critical need to support the development of exceptional young Canadian talent. To date, Growing Greatness has raised half of its $40 million goal to expand, strengthen, and increase access to Conservatory programs for people throughout Canada.
“My family is delighted to initiate the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program at the Glenn Gould School,” said Mrs. Wendy Rebanks. “This new program at the Royal Conservatory will support the transition of promising classical musicians from gifted students to professionals by providing advanced training, mentorship and unique performance opportunities including residencies with leading music schools around the world. We are pleased to be able to invest in this innovative project, one that will encourage the next generation of Canadian artistic leaders.”

The first public performance of the Rebanks Fellows, who will be performing as part of The Royal Conservatory Orchestra concert, will take place on Friday, October 4th at 8:00 pm in Koerner Hall. Conducted by Julian Kuerti, the concert will feature a performance of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, with violinist and Rebanks Fellow Luri Lee as soloist.
April’s Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert Series will further showcase these exciting young musicians, all on the cusp of international careers.  The concerts will take place in Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall, Tuesdays April 1, 8, and 15, 2014.

The Rebanks Fellows for 2013 are: Matthew Berliner, horn; Stefan Chaplikov, piano; Mehdi Gazi, piano; Jonathan Lo, cello; Alessandro Rauli, oboe; Britton Riley, cello; and Luri Lee, violin.

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, performances, 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 leadership in music and arts education, 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

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