Cellist Matthew Christakos Wins 2019 Michael Measures Prize


Today, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2019 Michael Measures Prize, which recognizes promising young Canadian classical music performers enrolled in the summer training program of the prestigious NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra Canada).

This year’s Michael Measures first prize of $25,000 goes to cellist Matthew Christakos. Matthew attends the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, and will begin a bachelor’s degree in music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey in September 2019.

The Michael Measures second prize of $15,000 goes to violinist Alison Kim, from Coquitlam, British Columbia. Alison is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music at the New England Conservatory, in Boston, with Ayano Ninomiya, after having studied under Kristopher Tong, a member of the Borromeo string quartet.

The Michael Measures prizes will be awarded at Koerner Hall, in Toronto, on July 29, 2019 as part of NYO Canada 2019 TD Odyssey Tour.

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