The Royal Conservatory proudly congratulates Vancouver native and cellist Brian Yoon on winning the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Strings), and warmly recognizes all Conservatory students and graduates who competed for the esteemed Canadian music award. Winners were announced Sunday, May 6th at the Brandon University School of Music. Two of the top three finalists studied The Royal Conservatory curriculum.

“The E-Gré competition has had a major role in recognizing the exceptional achievements of emerging Canadian musicians for many years,” says Barry Shiffman, Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School and Director of Chamber Music at The Royal Conservatory. “I am thrilled we can now add Brian Yoon to this impressive list of past winners - including so many important musicians - and this impressive list is what gives such credibility to the prize.”

Mr. Yoon studied cello and musical theory in his native British Columbia with Judith Fraser, using The Royal Conservatory curriculum and graduating in 2002. A winner of the 2011 Sylvia Gelber Music Award, Mr. Yoon has performed with orchestra across Canada. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Yoon will join the Victoria Symphony as Principal Cello.

Five of the seven finalists who competed in the 2012 E-Gré Competition Finals studied the Royal Conservatory curriculum:

  • Eleanor Kendra James, New Haven, CT (from Delta, B.C.)
  • Véronique Mathieu, Toronto, ON (from Québec City, QC) - Third Place
  • Joshua Peters, Montréal, QC (from Winnipeg, MB)
  • Leana Rutt, Brooklyn, NY (from London, ON)
  • Brian Yoon, Houston, TX (from Vancouver, B.C.) – First Place

Past E-Gré Competition prizewinners who studied the Royal Conservatory curriculum include Jon Kimura-Parker, Jamie Parker, Lesley Robertson, and Cecilia String Quartet’s Min-Jeong Koh, as well as recent Glenn Gould School graduates Claudia Chan and Su Jeon.

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