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Virginia Parker Prize

Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot

Photo: Jeff Fasano Photography

Current Winner

Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot has been described by the Toronto Star as, “One of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime,” while La Presse wrote, following his debut with the Montreal Symphony, that he was “Clearly. Absolutely. Undoubtedly virtuoso.”

He is the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.


Read more about Blake Pouliot

What is this prize?

The Virginia Parker Prize is awarded to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.

Prize amount


How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all applicants.

For eligibility criteria and other requirements, the application form and further information on this prize, see the Virginia Parker Prize Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

This prize was established by the late Virginia Parker in 1982 and is funded by an annual gift from the Virginia Parker Foundation.

Further Information

Lori Knoll

Program Officer

E-mail: lori.knoll@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5573

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5573

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

April, 2019


Prize Amount


By Application

Cumulative list of winners

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