Bios of Recent Young Artists’ Competition Winners

Trio Blundell, trumpeters — 2016 YAC Junior Winners

Trumpeters Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell started playing trumpet when they were 7, 6, and 5 respectively, and have been playing together ever since! Individually, they have held positions in the Hannaford Youth Program, Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra,...

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Joanna Gorska, violin — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of Toronto. Since an early age she has performed and won numerous awards at various music festivals and competitions, including the...

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Hannah Corbett, violin — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

Hannah Corbett is a 16 year old violinist from Maple, Ontario. She is the recipient of the Mercier-Hantho scholarship at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she studies with Atis Bankas....

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Lindsay Bui, piano — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

Lindsay Bui started to learn piano at the age of Seven, She is currently a scholarship student of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has won many awards in many competitions and festivals,...

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Kari Abraham, lyric soprano — 2016 YAC Senior Runner-Up

Kari Abraham is a passionate lyric soprano. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in voice performance at the University of Toronto where she studies with Wendy Nielsen. Ms. Abraham has attended various training programs such as Wendy Nielsen’s Vocal Technique...

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Sarah Ning, piano — 2015 YAC Junior Winner

Sarah Ning is a 13 year old girl who has a passion for music. She has been learning piano since the age of 6. She currently studies with Dr. Olga Chichova. She has been a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition from 2012 to 2015, placing 3rd in 2012 and...

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Marina Davis, mezzo soprano — 2015 YAC Senior Winner

Marina Davis is a Toronto based Mezzo-soprano who recently completed her undergraduate degree in voice performance at The University of Toronto, where she studied under the tutelage of Monica Whicher. In 2015 Marina performed as Dorothée in the Halifax Summer Opera...

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Leslie Bickle, soprano — 2014 YAC Winner

Leslie Bickle is an emerging Canadian soprano known for her expressive and rich voice with a special interest in Contemporary Opera. A native of Toronto, Ms Bickle is a graduate from the University of Toronto. This season Ms Bickle is delighted to be making her debut...

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Christopher Cancian, clarinet — 2014 YAC Winner

Clarinetist Christopher Cancian performed with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alain Trudel from 2009 to 2012. In his final year with the TSYO he had the opportunity to tour Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria where the orchestra...

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Julia Debowska, soprano — 2014 YAC Winner

Julia Debowska, 16 year old soprano, born in Toronto, is a voice student in the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists under the tutelage of Jean MacPhail. In February 2010, at the age of 11, Julia took part in the Young Musicians Gala Concert...

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