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Virginia Parker Prize

Jordan de Souza Photo by Neda Navaee

Jordan de Souza

Photo: Neda Navaee

Current Winner

Jordan de Souza

Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza, who is part of the “new generation leading Berlin’s classical scene” (New York Times), is in increasing demand in theatres worldwide. Recent highlights include the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Vienna Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Komische Oper Berlin, where he served as 1. Kapellmeister from 2017 to 2020. Upcoming debuts include the Teatro Gran del Liceu, the Zurich Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Glyndebourne Festival. Mr. de Souza previously served as conductor-in-residence for Tapestry Opera, conducting the world premiere of three full-length operas.

What is this prize?

The Virginia Parker Prize is awarded to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.

Who created this prize?

This prize was established by the late Virginia Parker in 1982 and is funded by an annual gift from the Virginia Parker Foundation.

For more information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004


April 2022


Prize amount


By application

Note that the updated guidelines will be posted two months prior to the next deadline. You can submit a nomination electronically via email at virginiaparker-prizes@canadacouncil.ca.

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