Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan began playing the violin and piano at the age of 4, and by age 8 he had made his first appearance with an orchestra. He has since performed throughout Europe, China, South Africa and North America.

In 2003, he was invited to perform at a concert at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to mark the retirement of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, sharing the stage with renowned artists Oliver Jones, Paul Anka and the late Oscar Peterson. While studying for his recently completed Artist Master’s degree in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, he performed at the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival, and at Trafalgar Square as part of St. George’s Day celebrations.

Jonathan is a three-time grand prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition, and three-time recipient of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, an award given to the most gifted young musicians about to embark on a professional career in classical music. He is currently based in London, England.

Past Winner, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank:

2012-2015: 1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin

1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin

This fine violin was created by Dominicus Montagnana, one of the greatest Venetian violin-makers of the 18th century. It is a rare and very noted example of this famous violin-maker's work. The history of this violin is known from the latter half of the 19th century, and it passed through the hands of Hart & Son, Marconi (the radio pioneer and violin enthusiast), violin connoisseur R. A. Bower Esq., violin virtuoso Albert Sammons and Percival Hodgson, violin soloist, composer and professor.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 2006
  • Value: $950,000