Musical Instrument Bank 2012 Competition
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
1 April 2012
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application form and all support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
About the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank
The Canada Council for the Arts created its Musical Instrument Bank to acquire exceptional stringed instruments. The intent is to lend the instruments to gifted established professional Canadian classical musicians or young professional Canadian classical musicians about to embark on or at the beginning of an international solo or chamber music career. The musicians who receive these instruments play them throughout the loan period in concerts around the world and in recordings.
The Musical Instrument Bank was established in 1985 through a $100,000 legacy from the Barwick family of Ottawa. Since then, through a series of generous donations and loans, it has grown to include close to 20 instruments, valued at over $29 million. These violins, cellos and bows are among some of the most legendary instruments of the world, made by celebrated luthiers such as Stradivari, Gagliano and Pressenda.
Visit www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/musical_instrument_bank for the acquisition history of the Musical Instrument Bank.
The Canada Council for the Arts gratefully thanks the donors and lenders of these fine instruments for their generosity and kind assistance in the development of the Musical Instrument Bank.
Description of Awards
Competitions are held when previous loans expire. Each loan period lasts three years.
The following are confirmed for the 2012 competition:
- 1689 Baumgartner Stradivari violin
- ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello
- ca. 1700 Bell Giovanni Tononi violin
- ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari violin
- 1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin
- 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari violin
- 1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin
- 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello
- 1747 Palmason Januarius Gagliano violin
- 1768 Miller Januarius Gagliano violin
- 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda violin
- 1824 McConnell Nicolaus Gagliano cello
- ca. 1830 Shaw Adam cello bow
- 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with a Vuillaume model bow)
- 1902 Enrico Rocca violin
- 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone cello
Eligible professional Canadian classical musicians are:
- talented young musicians of great potential, who have begun or are about to embark on an international solo or chamber music career
- mid-career or established musicians who already have an international solo or chamber music career, and who are in a key period with regard to career development.
All applicants must demonstrate that having a fine stringed instrument or bow at this point in their development will provide a major boost to their career and (or) enable them to move to the next level in their career.
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.
- agree to maintain permanent resident status in Canada for the term of the loan, unless the Canada Council agrees otherwise
- have completed their basic training in music (university graduation or the equivalent in specialized training)
- have a history of public presentation of their work
- be recognized as professional musicians by other artists in their field.
Endowments and Prizes
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4116