Current Winner

Amy Hillis, violin

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Amy Hillis is quickly establishing herself as one of Canada’s most versatile and vibrant violinists. She collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency awarded by the Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. Along with pianist Meagan Milatz, she has also been selected for a pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020. As winner of the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition, Amy performed Lutoslawski’s Partita as soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of the prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award which is given to Canadian musicians of outstanding ability and career potential and performs on the 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.