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2006 Grant Recipient

Classical Music (Piano) Winner
Rosy Yuxuan Ge

Rosy Yuxuan Ge is an exceptional 17-year-old pianist from Edmonton, Alberta. Born in Shandong, China, she immigrated to Canada in 1998 and has studied in Edmonton with music teacher Wolfram Linnebach for the last six years. A graduate of Harry Ainlay High School, she will begin her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta in September 2006.

Rosy has consistently taken first-place honours in her age group at the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival over the past several years and was the 2005 first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competitions in the "18 and under" category. She gave her debut solo recital at the Taylor University College in Edmonton in 2004 and was a soloist with the Alberta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005.

Says Leonard Ratzlaff, Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alberta, "Her recent audition stood out, not only as the most impressive for this year, but as the most outstanding undergraduate audition that many on the faculty have heard in many years. Ms. Ge performed with great pianistic refinement, an informed sense of style, wonderful technical facility and ease as well as an already mature musical approach." The Hnatyshyn Foundation piano jury, consisting of Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Jane Coop and Jean Desmarais, described her performance as "exciting, imaginative, genuine, free, risk-taking and dramatic. A pianist with enormous potential."

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