Boson Mo

Boson Mo discovered the violin at the age of 7. Since then, he has received numerous awards, including third prize at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, the Prix Joseph-Roulea at the Montreal International Violin Competition (2010). He recently won Canada’s prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Award and first prize at the Canadian Music Competition, among others.

Boson is currently being broadcast across the U.S. via National Public Radio as Young Artist in Residence of American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” and his performances have also been featured on Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio-Canada. He has performed as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (Canada), among others; and has been featured in recitals by the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Da Camera of Houston, Début Atlantic, and the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boson is pursuing a Doctoral degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, under Paul Kantor.  Boson is currently based in Houston, TX and grew up in Montréal

Past Winner, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank:

2012-2015: 1871 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin

ca. 1757 Carlo Antonio Tononi violin

This fine violin was created by Carlo Antonio Tononi, of Venice, Italy, the third generation of a family of renowned luthiers (father was Pietro Tononi, grandfather was Carlo Tononi of Bologna, Italy). The instrument's voice is strong and clear, and very well suited to solo performance and repertoire. It is accompanied by a certificate and photographs from the firm of Hamma of Stuttgart signed and dated 6 July 1943.

  • Loan from the Buchanan family
  • Acquired: 2014
  • Value: $300,000