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Friday, 8 April 2011

McGill's Golden Violin Award Goes to Ewald Cheung

By Crystal Chan

The $20,000 Golden Violin Award was started in 2006 to recognize the talent of a string student each year who is near the completion of their studies at McGill's Schulich School of Music. It's the largest privately funded music scholarship in all of Canada. This year's winner is 21-year-old violinist Ewald Cheung, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Performance  this spring. Cheung will put the money towards the costs of travelling for international competitions. This award follow wins (he's a five-time laureate and two-time winner) at the Canadian Music Competitions from 2000 to 2004, the 2007 Standard Life Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition, the 2009 Shean Strings Competition, the 2010 McGill Concerto Competition and the 2010 Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières Competition. Cheung was a founding member of the former Roddick String Quartet. He first started playing at age four at the Suzuki School in Edmonton and was one of three child prodigies featured in the 2004 documentary Minor Keys, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

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