Bios of Recent Young Artists’ Competition Winners

Erin Merkley, violin — 2017 YAC Junior Winner

Erin Merkley is a thirteen-year-old violinist with a love and passion for music. Starting at a very young age, Erin discovered the joy of the playing the violin. Growing up with a supportive musical family, Erin continued to flourish and develop her talents. At the...

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Lyndsay Promane, mezzo-soprano — 2017 YAC Senior Co-Winner

Praised for “a genuine and deeply satisfying sound” (The WholeNote) and “an arresting presence on the opera stage” (Schmopera), mezzo-soprano Lyndsay Promane was awarded second place in the 2016 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and was selected as a finalist in the...

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Joshua Lee, violin — 2017 YAC Senior Co-Winner

Joshua Lee, 17, began learning the piano at the age of 4 under the tutelage of his mother. He showed a keen interest in the violin from the age of 7. He performed his first public recital at the age of 14 . He was a member of the Amabile Boys Choir in London and...

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Christina Bell, soprano — 2017 YAC Senior Runner-Up

Soprano Christina Bell hails from Goderich, Ontario, and has been a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus since 2015. As a soloist, she is frequently featured in concert, opera, and oratorio around Ontario. Miss Bell’s most recent performances include creating...

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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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