DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
(Orchestral Instrument) Winner
Seventeen-year-old violinist Joshua Peters of Winnipeg, Manitoba, received his high school education at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg. He will begin a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Violin Performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Joshua has won numerous awards at music festivals in Winnipeg including first prize from the Victor Feldbrill Trophy (best strings performance at 2009 Winnipeg Music Festival) in 2009 and the Winnipeg Bach Festival Trophy in 2007 and 2009 (best performance of a work by Bach).
André Roy, Chair, Department of Performance at McGill, describes him as "one of the most promising young violinists to enter an undergraduate program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University ". Says Mr. Roy, "His audition was remarkable and his C.V. very impressive: concerto appearances and Concertmaster of the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, considerable awards and scholarships and a high school International Baccalaureate certificate that is proof of his enormous capability and potential to succeed."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation jury, composed of David Currie, Guillaume Tardif and Robert Uchida, were very impressed with Joshua's dramatic audition performance: "Great artistic promise, technical skill beyond his age, innate musicality!"