Musical Instrument Bank
Visit the Musical Instrument Bank
Every 3 years, talented Canadian classical musicians compete for the chance to borrow legendary instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB). The competition is intense and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers. Musicians who win the competition are often invited to perform with their instruments on some of the world’s most celebrated stages.
The MIB includes close to 20 magnificent instruments worth a total of over $35 million. These violins, cellos and bows, created by such master craftsmen as Stradivari, Gagliano and Pressenda, have been donated or lent to the MIB since it was created in 1985.
Ric Heinl and his team of luthiers at Geo. Heinl & Co. Limited are responsible for restoring and maintaining the instruments.
The Canada Council is pleased to fund, administer and promote the competition and the prestigious collection of instruments it offers to musicians.