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Virginia Parker Prize

Vanessa Hunt Russell poses with her cello

Vanessa Hunt Russell, cellist

2017 Winner

Vanessa Hunt Russell

Vanessa’s solo engagements include playing the Barber Cello Concerto with the Basel Sinfonie Orchester as a laureate of the Basel Hochschule’s annual Schlüsskonzert Competition

"It’s such an honour to be presented with a prize that has been given to so many of my favourite artists and personal heros."
- Vanessa Hunt Russell


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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, 2018


Prize Amount


By Application

Cumulative list of winners

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