Two emerging musicians honoured with the 2018 Michael Measures Prizes

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Toronto, July 25, 2018 – The Canada Council for the Arts, in collaboration with NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra), is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Michael Measures Prizes, which recognize promising young Canadian classical music performers.
This year’s Michael Measures first prize of $25,000 goes to Martin Mangrum, of Montréal, who plays the French horn. Martin is a performance student at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
“I am honored and thrilled to receive the Canada Council for the Arts – Michael Measures Prize 2018.” –Martin Mangrum
“The prize money will, of course, be of great help in pursuing my studies,” Martin Mangrum said.
The Michael Measures second prize of $15,000 goes to Jonathan Mak, of Thornhill, Ontario, who plays the piano and viola. Jonathan is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
“These two emerging musicians are already contributing to enriching the cultural life of the country. It is an honour for us, in our partnership with NYO Canada, to support these artists and ensure the ongoing strength of classical music,” emphasized Tammy Scott, Director General, Communications and Public Engagement at the Canada Council for the Arts.
The presentation of the Michael Measures Prizes will take place on August 1, 2018, as part of the NYO Canada’s Migrations 2018 TD National Tour at La Maison Symphonique in Montréal, hometown of the first-place winner, Martin Mangrum.

Michael-Measures Prizes

The Michael Measures Prize was created with a generous bequest from Michael Measures—a great music lover and engaged volunteer in Ottawa’s arts community—to support development opportunities for young classical musicians and encourage public recognition of their achievements. This is the first year the prize has been awarded to two recipients.

NYO Canada

The Council partners with NYO Canada on these prizes. NYO Canada is Canada’s premier training institute for orchestral musicians. Each year, the best and brightest young musicians compete for a coveted place in the award-winning 100-piece orchestra. Following a grueling six-week residential training institute, the group embarks on a tour. Today, more than 40 per cent of the professional musicians working in Canadian orchestras are NYO alumni.

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate
in a rich cultural life. In 2016-17, we allocated 196.8 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.
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