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Lynette ISRAILIAN receives the 2019 Peter Mendell Award
The Peter Mendell Award rewards excellence to a full-time string student
Montreal, September 14, 2019 — The JM Canada Foundation and Me Peter Mendell are pleased to announce that Lynette ISRAILIAN is the recipient of the 2019 Peter Mendell Award and its accompanying $5,000 scholarship. Student at the Conservatoire du musique de Montréal, Lynette distinguished herself among all the candidates by her interpretation of works by J. S. Bach, Eugène Ysaÿe and Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski. The other two finalists for the scholarship were Sienna Minkyong Cho (violin) and Élie Boissinot (cello). Each of them won a $500 scholarship, awarded by Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
The jury was composed of 3 members: Me Peter Mendell, lawyer, cellist and creator of the prize, Ms. Claudia Morissette, Director of the Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica and Ms. Danièle LeBlanc, Executive and Artistic Director of Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
About the Peter Mendell award
Established in 2005, this annual award rewards a full-time string student (violin, viola, cello or double-bass) enrolled in a classical music performance program at a Quebec university, or completing the 3rd, 4th or 5th cycle at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. It bears the name of its founder, Peter Mendell, an influential lawyer at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg and a true music lover who is an enthusiastic cellist in his spare time. The Award was established for Peter by his wife Margie, in association with the JM Canada Foundation, to foster the development of musical excellence.
Previous award winners
2018: Teresa Wang, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2017: Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy, cello, Université de Montréal Music Faculty
2016: Joshua Morris, cello, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2015: Elizabeth Skinner, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2014: Marianne di Tomaso, violin, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal
2013: Joshua Peters, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2012: Christopher Whitley, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2011: Julie Hereish, cello, Université de Montréal Music Faculty
2010: Bénédicte Lauzière, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2009: Ewald Cheung, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2008: Marie-Ève Poupart, violin, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal
2007: Alexander Read, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2006: Jeffrey Dyrda, violin, McGill University Schulich School of Music
2005: Christian J. Elliott, cello, McGill University Schulich School of Music
About the Winner
Native from Ste-Dorothée, Lynette Israilian won first prize in the 2018 Canimex Canadian Music Competition with a score of 96%. Recipient of the F. Beauchamp-Huppé for Academic Excellence Scholarship (2018) and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal’s scholarship of excellence (2018), she has worked with professors such as Raymond Dessaints, William van der Sloot and Jonathan Crow. Lynette also performed as a soloist at the Camp Musical des Laurentides (2015-2017), the Metropolitan Orchestra (2018) and the Laval Symphony Orchestra (2018). She is currently completing her Music performance Bachelor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Johanne Arel.
About the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation
As a partner of JM Canada’s educational and promotional mission, the JM Canada Foundation has provided support for the development of JM Canada for over 30 years, through the awarding of prizes and scholarships to the most promising young Canadian musicians, instrument loans through the Foundation’s stringed instrument bank, and the organization of two annual benefits: the Coup de cœur evening and the golf tournament.
About Jeunesses Musicales Canada
JM Canada is a talent incubator that boosts the careers of the best emerging artists, while helping to democratize classical music for audiences of all ages. Today, JM Canada seasons include over 1200 musical activities presented across Canada, ranging from high-caliber concerts to exciting musical activities for young audiences.
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