Emmanuel Vukovich

Noted for his "untiring attention to every detail of phrasing" (Calgary Herald), violinist Emmanuel Vukovich performs regularly as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America, South America, and Europe. Recent highlights include performing as soloist with the Oakville Symphony and the Andreas Bello Orchestra, and a recital at the legendary Conservatory Recital Hall in Zagreb, Croatia at the invitation of the Canadian Ambassador to Croatia. Upcoming engagements include a solo recital for CBC radio and recording an album with baritone Philippe Sly for Analekta Records. 

His many honours include McGill University’s Schulich Golden Violin Award, the Ontario Arts Council’s Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and grand-prize winner of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition as first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet. Emmanuel is founder and artistic director of the Parcival Project, an international chamber music collective that has toured Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. He is currently completing a master’s degree with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and is engaged to eurythmist Sea-Anna Vasilas. 

ca. 1700 Bell Giovanni Tononi violin

This fine violin was made in Bologna, Italy, around 1700. Giovanni Tononi was born in Bologna around 1640 and died in 1713. He studied under his father and master, Felice Tononi. Giovanni Tononi produced violins of very high quality both in workmanship and sound. His skill surpassed many of his contemporaries and equaled some of the finest makers of his era. Justice R.D. Bell, a music-lover and philanthropist, donated the violin to the Canada Council in December 2002.

  • Donated by Justice R.D. Bell
  • Acquired: 2002
  • Value: $275,000