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2008 Grant Recipient

Classical Music (Piano) Winner
Isabelle David

Isabelle David is an 18-year-old pianist from Sainte-Julie, Quebec. A graduate of École secondaire du Mont-Bruno, she completed the first year of a Licentiate of Music degree in piano performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in the spring of 2008 under the tutelage of Richard Raymond.

Isabelle has been taking piano lessons since the age of eight and has won many scholarships and awards including first prize in the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition and second prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition in 2006, as well as first prize in the 2005 Quebec Music Teachers' Association concerto competition.

Isabelle has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre des jeunes de la Montérégie, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 she will perform with the Orchestre des jeunes de Fribourg, Switzerland .

André Roy, Chair of the Department of Performance at the Schulich School of Music, says of Isabelle, "She is one of those students that truly stand out in the cohort of incoming young musicians in the undergraduate program at McGill. We are completely taken by her modesty, her surprising level of accomplishment and her musical maturity. We are convinced she will be a leader in her discipline."

The Hnatyshyn Foundation piano jury, consisting of Marilyn Engle, Arthur Rowe and Gérald Lévesque, were very impressed with Isabelle's audition performance. "In this recording one could hear sophistication and excellent listening to shifting harmonies and colours , especially in the Romantic and Late-Romantic repertoire. The pianist shows lots of temperament and good control. The performance has the feeling of how an older pianist might have played this."

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