27 year old Canadian violinist Yolanda Bruno has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition, in Ontario, Canada.
A graduate of McGill University and the Guildhall School of Music, Yolanda currently performs on the 1700 ‘Taft’ Stradivarius – on generous loan from the Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
She will receive CAD $20,000, a solo engagement with the Kingston Symphony – and a number of important local performances and broadcast opportunities.
Open to violinists aged 18 to 29, this year’s jury comprises Martin Beaver, Jonathan Crow, Gisele Dalbec-Szczesniak, Eric Friesen, Gwen Hoebig, Jeanne Lamon, Evan Mitchell, Barry Shiffman, Terence Tam and Andrew Wan.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to violinists Katya Poplyansky and Lucy Wang.