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Michael Measures Prizes

David Liam Roberts (left) and Robert Conquer (right)

David Liam Roberts (left) and Robert Conquer (right)

Photo: Simeon Rusnak Photography (left) and Shayne Gray Photography (right)

Current Winners

David Liam Roberts (First Prize)

Winner of the first prize and Grand Award at the 2018 National Music Festival, David Liam Roberts is establishing himself as one of the most exciting Canadian cellists of his generation. Recent engagements have included an appearance as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Raiskin, as well as debut recitals presented by Cecilia Concerts (Halifax), Virtuosi Concerts (Winnipeg) and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg. David Liam is Red River Métis and is originally from Winnipeg. He is currently studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Robert Conquer (Second Prize)

Trombonist Robert Conquer is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s top young musicians. Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Robert is now a Presser Scholar at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he is studying with Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn. Recently, Robert won the first prize at the 2020 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal competition, wherein he also received the Best Interpretation of a Canadian Work and Domaine Forget prizes.

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.

For more information 

Dalal Saikali

Outreach and Special Events Officer, Prizes



Prize amount

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

By application

Cumulative list of winners


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