Meet the 2018 Winners

The peer assessment committee has selected this year’s winners — promising Canadian classical musicians about to embark on an international solo or chamber music career. And these musicians have each selected an instrument from the Canada Council’s Instrument Bank — some of the world’s most legendary cellos and violins. Over the next three years, these recipients will take the next major step in their performance careers with their instruments.

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Backstage with the Musical Instrument Bank

The Power of a Donation

The Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank consists of exceptional instruments donated or loaned by both individuals and foundations. These contributions empower the next generation of Canada’s major classical musicians to further their creative development and reach a new level in their careers, while also giving audiences around the world the opportunity to hear remarkable instruments at play.

Violinist Byungchan (Chan) Lee

"The opportunity to borrow an exceptional instrument at this fundamentally important and transitional time in my career has helped me find my own artistic voice."

— Byungchan Lee, 2015 and 2018 #InstrumentBank winner —