Exceptional oboist Hugo Lee wins 2015 Michael Measures Prize

Hugo Lee (Photo: Dan Chmienlinski)
(Photo : Dan Chmienlinski)

Ottawa, July 22, 2015 – Toronto oboist Hugo Lee is the recipient of the 2015 Canada Council Michael Measures Prize. A unique collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra of Canada), this $25,000 prize recognizes promising talent in the next generation of Canadian classical musicians.

Lee was selected by a NYO Canada jury from the 93 musicians in this year’s orchestra. His performance stood out with its unique tone, technique and sensitivity.

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“Since I was a young oboist, one of my deepest aspirations was to study at Juilliard in New York City,” said Hugo Lee. “The Michael Measures Prize will give me the financial support I need to complete the final year of my bachelor's degree. I am grateful to the Canada Council and NYO Canada for helping me live the musical life that I have always dreamed of.”

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About Hugo Lee and the prize

  • 21-year-old Hugo Lee started playing the oboe at the age of 10 and has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the NYO Canada since he was 16.
  • He has performed as a soloist in concert halls throughout New York City and across Canada and in 2014, he won the quadrennial Juilliard Oboe Concerto Competition.
  • The Canada Council Michael Measures Prize is awarded annually to a young performer of classical music who has successfully completed the NYO Canada’s annual summer training program.
  • The prize will be presented during a NYO Canada concert in Toronto at Koerner Hall at 7:30 pm on July 27.

NYO Canada

NYO Canada is Canada’s advanced orchestral training institute for musicians aged 16 to 28. Its mission is to educate, elevate and empower Canada’s most gifted young orchestral musicians. Internationally recognized as one of the finest orchestral programs in the world, the NYOC provides the most in-depth comprehensive training anywhere. More than 500 aspiring high school and university-level student musicians audition for the 80 to 100 spots in the NYOC each year. Since its inception in 1960, more than 3,200 of Canada’s finest young musicians have received orchestral training. Its alumni form the core of major Canadian orchestras while others have gone on to become members of prominent international orchestras.

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 2013-14 we allocated $153.6 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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