The Golden Violin Competition
The Golden Violin Prize has been awarded this year following a public competition held on October 19th 2014 in Tanna Schulich Hall.
The three selected nominees, all current students at the school, had been chosen by the string faculty based on their demonstrated exceptional talent and contribution to musical and cultural life here at Schulich.
A single winner, Byungchan Lee, was selected by a jury comprised of members from both within the school and the external musical community and was announced immediately after the competition on the 19th.
This year’s prize included a winter debut recital at Schulich, part of the CBC Next! Series, as well as a noon hour recital next season in Toronto at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. A cash award of $25,000 was given to the winner along with a 14-karat gold lapel pin in the likeness of the Golden Violin.
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 eight past winners include Emmanuel Vukovitch, Lambert Chen, Chloé Dominguez, Aaron Schwebel, Ewald Cheung, Isaac Chalk, Baptiste Rodrigues and Victor Fournelle-Blain.