The Golden Violin itself, made of pewter and gold plate is on permanent display in Schulich’s Marvin Duchow Music Library and was a gift in 2006 from businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich. The seven past winners include Emmanuel Vukovitch, Lambert Chen, Chloé Dominguez, Aaron Schwebel, Ewald Cheung, Isaac Chalk and Baptiste Rodrigues.
In the Renaissance, 10-year-old choirboys could make up music on the spot, music that sounded like real compositions! How did they do that? Musicologist- conductor Peter Schubert has researched the question and has trained members of VivaVoce to produce expert counterpoint on tunes made up by you, the audience. The program includes pieces by Josquin, Jacquet, Palestrina and Praetorius that show their improvisatory origins. (A collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice)
Gabriela Montero, piano “The Queen of Improvisation” (The Associated Press), Gabriela Montero leads a magnificent international career, appearing in the world’s greatest performance halls, often with a program made up entirely of on-the-spot improvisations based on audience suggestions. This concert is presented as part of the 2014 Montreal International Musical Competition.