Are you a talented stringed instrument musician about to embark on or at the beginning of an international solo or chamber music career? The Canada Council for the Arts is taking applications to compete for a chance to be paired with a legendary violin or cello.
Every three years, talented Canadian classical musicians compete for the chance to borrow fine stringed instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB). The competition is intense and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers*. Musicians who win the competition are often invited to perform with their instruments on some of the world’s most celebrated stages.
The Musical Instrument Bank is made up of over 20 world-class instruments including Stradivari, Guarneri and Gagliano, valued over $41 million. These historically-significant violins, cellos and bows, ranging in age from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, were crafted by the world’s finest luthiers such as Stradivari, Gagliano and Pressenda.
The competition is open to Canadian classical musicians about to launch their careers.The Canada Council funds, administers and promotes the MIB collection and competition. It started the MIB in 1985 through the generous legacy of $100,000 from the Barwick family of Ottawa. Since then it has grown steadily thanks to generous donations, loans, and purchases made with donated funds.
Many generous individuals and foundations have made donations and loans of fine stringed instruments to the Musical Instrument Bank. “As a donor who has been involved with the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank for several years, I’ve been deeply moved to hear these historically significant instruments come alive in the hands of such talented musicians. It gives me great pleasure to know that the instruments are helping musicians to reach their true potential and thrilling audiences in concert halls around the world.” – Anonymous donor
By loaning or donating an instrument, benefactors help Canadian musicians to reach a level of creativity and performance that might not otherwise be possible. It helps them push their creative boundaries and be competitive on the world stage. Best of all – it gives audiences the chance to experience great music performed on rare, magnificent instruments.
Donating instruments or funds is a powerful gesture… and a simple process: donations of cash or securities are managed together with the Canada Council’s general endowment portfolio. Special tax advantages are available to donors who make permanent donations of instruments.
(text taken and /or modified from the Canada Council site http://instrumentbank.canadacouncil.ca/)