After a 15 day marathon of music consisting of several hundred young participants from all across Canada, the 2015 Canadian Music Competition National Final reached its conclusion on Saturday with a celebratory gala that included performances from the year’s Grand Prize and first place winners.


CMC President of the Board of the Directors Yolanda Cardinal expressed her gratitude towards the Montreal and the Vancouver Organizing Teams, especially Vancouver Chapter Chair Tanya Shevtsova, sponsors Canimex, Steinway Pianos, Vancouver Academy of Music and Tom Lee Music, among others.


Tom Lee Music Vice President Graham Blank also took a moment to recognize the parents, teachers and all the volunteers who helped make this national event such a huge success.


This year’s competition was particularly special, for it was the first time in 21 years that the elite National Final round took place in Vancouver. Nearly 300 musicians in between the ages of 7-25 showcased their remarkable talent on the piano, strings, voice, winds, and other instruments before a panel of five very distinguished judges. The Grand Prize winners were chosen based on the highest achieved mark in their overall age category (regardless of instrument). The winners each received a scholarship, in addition to the prestigious honours.


All of the judges as well as Artistic Ambassador (and Steinway Artist), Robert Silverman agreed that the level of musicianship during this year’s National Final was exceptionally high.


Congratulations to all the winners below:


Jeanne- Amièle D.S. Lusignan, Montréal, QC (piano) and Helen Pei, Richmond, BC (piano): 19-30 year old category (tie). Kyu Young Park, Surrey, BC & Vivian Lou, West Vancouver, BC (piano fourhands/duo-piano): 15-18 year old category. Isabella D'Éloize Perron, Calgary, AB (violin) and Ryan Zhu, Vancouver, BC (piano): 11-14 year old category (tie). Janaya Lo, Mississauga, ON (piano): 7-10 year old category.


The CMC ended with a memorable gala at the Chan Centre, where seven of the 2015 Grand Prize and first place winners performed, with soloists accompanied by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra under Maestro Ken Hsieh’s direction. A post-concert reception was attended by judges, VIP guests, performers and volunteers to end this year's competition in truly festive fashion!


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