Bios of Recent Young Artists’ Competition Winners

Eena Yoon, cello — 2018 YAC Junior Winner

Eena Yoon is a fifteen-year-old cellist who lives in Toronto, Canada. Her passion for music began at the age of three, when she started her music career by learning the piano. Eena began learning the cello at the age of seven, studying with Ashley Choi. Currently, she...

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Katelyn Emery, violin — 2018 YAC Senior Winner

Twenty-two-year-old Burlington native Katelyn Emery began her violin studies at the age of three. When she was nine, Katharine Rapoport of the University of Toronto welcomed Katelyn into her studio. Concurrently she studied at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young...

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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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