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Yolanda Bruno was awarded:
·         The Marion Overton Dick Memorial Violin Prize for $20,000 CAD
·         A future engagement to perform with the Kingston Symphony, and
·         A future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that will be recorded by CBC Radio 2 for national broadcast.
Katya Poplyansky was awarded The Clifford Overton Prize for $4,000 CAD.
Lucy Wang was awarded The Marg Foster and Heather Dick Prize for $2,000 CAD.
Yolanda Bruno was awarded the Bader Family Audience Prize for $1,000 CAD.

Please see the media release for the full details.

Many thanks to the Preliminary Round Jury for the many hours listening to the many applicants and for your thoughtful deliberations, John Burge for composing Twitter Etudes for the competition, Ireneus Zuk for hosting the semi-finals and finals, Kathryn Palaic and Gisèle Dalbec Szczesniak for all of their help in organizing the competition, and thanks to our partners at the Kingston Symphony and CBC Radio 2.  Much appreciated all!


Violin Photo by Daryl Griffith

April 26–29 / 2017

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Queen's University, Kingston Ontario


The Deadline has been extended to: December 12, 2016 at 5 PM (EDT)


The Marion Overton Dick Memorial Violin Prize: $20,000 (CAD)

PLUS: A future engagement to perform with the Kingston Symphony, and a future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts recorded and broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2.

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Photo of Marion Overton Dick and Isabel Overton Bader performing

Isabel Overton Bader on piano with her sister Marion Overton Dick on violin. The Competition and First Prize are named accordingly in honour of these two inspiring women.




Repertoire Information, Competition Rules and Application Online:

Online applications only. $50 USD non-refundable application fee payable online.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be asked to upload four (4) VIDEO SUBMISSIONS as per the repertoire guidelines.

Audio-only submissions will not be accepted.



Semi Finalists

Repetoire Information

Competition Rules

Competition Poster

Media Release


We invite violinists who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada and between the ages of eighteen (18) to twenty-nine (29) as of January 1, 2017, and who aspire to a professional concert career.


  • Application Deadline December 5, 2016 at 5 PM (EDT)
  • Semi-Finalist Round (8 violinists) April 26 and 27, 2017
  • Finalist Round (3 violinists) April 29, 2017

Photo of Ireneus Zuk 

Competition performances will be hosted by Ireneus Zuk, Associate Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University and jury member and/or chair of numerous prestigious international music competitions.

Jury members for the Preliminary, Semi-Finalist and/or Finalist rounds.

Photo of Martin Beaver

Martin Beaver  CA (soloist, Montrose Trio, Co-director of the Chamber Music Program at The Colborne School in Los Angeles, California)


Jonathan Crow ON (Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, New Orford Quartet member, TSO Chamber Soloists concert curator, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto)

 Photo of Gisele Dalbec-Szczesniak 

Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak ON (Kingston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Isabel Quartet member, Adjunct Lecturer in Violin and Viola at Queen’s University)

Photo of Eric Friesen 

Eric Friesen ON (music broadcaster, writer, and former interim Artistic Director of Honens International Piano Competition)

Photo of Gwen Hoebig 

Gwen Hoebig MB (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Hoebig/Moroz Trio member, former faculty member at the University of Manitoba, Visiting Artist at Mount Royal University)

Photo of Jeanne Lamon 

Jeanne Lamon  ON (director and violin soloist, Music Director Emerita Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Adjunct Professor of Baroque Violin at the University of Toronto)

Photo of Evan Mitchell 

Evan Mitchell ON (Music Director of the Kingston Symphony)

Photo of Barry Shiffman 

Barry Shiffman ON & AB (Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, co-founder of St. Lawrence Quartet, Associate Dean of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music)

 Photo of Terrence Tam 

Terence Tam BC (Victoria Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, chamber musician, winner of the International Pierre Lantier Competition in Paris and the OSM Standard Life Competition)


Andrew Wan QU (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster, soloist, New Orford Quartet member, Assistant Professor at McGill University)

Contact information

Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Queen’s University
390 King Street West, Room 123
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
(613) 533-6000 ext. 77982

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[photo of the Performance Hall at The Isabel]