Some members of the GMMQ are finalists at the 2012 Musical Instrument Bank Competition of the Canada Council for the Arts

July 23, 2012 - In September 2012, 30 musicians will gather in Toronto to audition before a jury for the loan of a fine-stringed instrument from the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank. The instruments include 13 violins, 4 cellos and 1 cello bow with a total value over $ 28 millions. 

There are at least 4 members of the GMMQ among the 30 finalists*: Caroline Chéhadé (violin), Véronique Mathieu (violin), Emmanuel Vukovich (violin) and Mariève Bock (cello). We wish them good luck for the competition.

* See some of the finalists.Some finalists are not listed upon their request.

The competition result will be announced on September 26, 2012.

About the Musical Instrument Bank

Every 3 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 professionnal musicians and peers. Musicians who win the competition are often invited to perform their instruments on some of the world's most celebrated stages.

The MIB includes close to 20 magnificient instruments worth a total over $ 28 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. 

Find out more about the instruments

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 in Ottawa. Since then it has grown steadily thanks to generous donations, loans, and purchases made with donated funds.
Ric Heinl and his team of luthiers at Geo. Heinl & Co. Limited are responsible for restoring and maintaining the instruments.