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Michael Measures Prizes

Matthew Christakos (left) and Alison Kim (right)

Photo: Alice Hong Photography (left) and John Paik (right)

Current Winners

Matthew Christakos
This year’s Michael Measures first prize of $25,000 goes to cellist Matthew Christakos, a student of David Hetherington and Hans Jensen at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists in Toronto.

Alison Kim
The Michael Measures second prize of $15,000 goes to violinist Alison Kim, from Coquitlam, British Columbia.  She 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.

What is this prize?

The Michael Measures Prizes recognize promising young Canadian classical music performers. The prizes are awarded to young musicians 16 to 24 years of age who are enrolled in the summer training program of the NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra of Canada).

Prize amount

$25,000 for First Prize
$15,000 for Second Prize

How to qualify

By taking part in the summer training program of the NYO Canada.

For eligibility criteria and further information on this prize, go to the NYO Canada website.



See the NYO Canada website.

Who created this prize?

Michael Measures was a great music lover and engaged volunteer in Ottawa’s artistic community. Upon his death, he made a generous bequest to the Canada Council for the Arts so that it could provide development opportunities for young classical musicians and encourage public recognition of their achievements.

Further Information

Helen Belvin

Outreach and Special Events Officer

Canada Council for the Arts

150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047

Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

E-mail: helen.belvin@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4057

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4057

TTY: 1-866-585-5559


Prize Amount

First Prize $25,000
Second Prize $15,000

By Application

Cumulative list of winners