Amy Joanne Hillis

Amy Hillis is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Violin Performance at McGill University, studying with Axel Strauss. She completed her Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with renowned pedagogue and performer, Ian Swensen, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from McGill University where she studied with Denise Lupien. Amy is the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, the Graduate Excellence Fellowship from McGill University and the Presidential Scholarship from SFCM.

Amy was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. She regularly performs as a soloist across Canada and abroad, including works by Canadian composers. She is also lead violinist of the Horizon String Quartet, an ensemble that has performed over 100 concerts in 30 different Canadian cities. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, she is currently based in Montréal. 

1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda violin

This violin is considered to be the first known instrument made by 19th century violinmaker Giovanni Francesco Pressenda of Turin, Italy. It is in a very fine state of preservation and is nearly as it was when it left the master's hands almost two hundred years ago. The instrument was for many years in the possession of Remo Bolignini, a pupil of Ysaÿe.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 2000
  • Value: $400,000.