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Twenty-two Students and Alumni on CBC List of Top Young Classical Musicians

Twenty-two Students and Alumni on CBC List of Top Young Classical Musicians

Published on August 6, 2019

Hannah Craig
Alumna Hannah Craig with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra
CBC has published the 2019 edition of its top 30 classical musicians under 30 years old and once again students and alumni are a fixture of the annual list. 

The 22 artists connected to The Royal Conservatory include several pianists, string players, and singers, as well as a flutist, trombonist, and a rare hybrid of percussionist, composer, and conductor. They all share the experience of pursuing musical studies through the RCM Certificate Program – The Royal Conservatory's acclaimed system of private education and examinations – or the professional programs of The Glenn Gould School, The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, and The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program

Described by CBC as "the next generation of classical music stars", these artists have won competitions, received prestigious appointments, and have earned acclaim for performances around the world. Many have also excelled outside practice studios and concert halls, whether as writers, advocates, or athletes.  

As the network notes, their many achievements affirm that the future of classical music in Canada is very bright.

Students and Alumni on CBC’s “30 Under 30” List (2019 Edition) 

Jaelem Bhate, percussion/composer/conductor (Richmond, BC – Certificate Program) 

Bryn Blackwood, piano (Simcoe, ON – Certificate Program) 

Jillian Bonner, mezzo soprano (Saint John, NB – 2019-20 Rebanks Fellow) 

Matthew Cairns, tenor (Saint Catherines, ON – Certificate Program) 

Heemin Choi, violin (Halifax, NS – Certificate Program) 

Matthew Christakos, cello (Ottawa, ON – The Taylor Academy) 

Hannah Craig, cello (Toronto, ON – The Taylor Academy & The Glenn Gould School) 

Henry From, piano (Vancouver, BC/Bellingham, WA – Certificate Program) 

Eric Guo, piano (Toronto, ON – The Taylor Academy)

Xenia Huang, violin (Surrey, BC – Certificate Program) 

Stephen Ivany, trombone (Shoal Harbour, NL – Certificate Program) 

Alison Kim, violin (Vancouver, BC – Certificate Program) 

Nicole Linaksita, piano (Vancouver, BC – Certificate Program) 

Xiaoyu Lu, piano (Montreal, QC – Certificate Program) 

Meagan Milatz, piano (Weyburn, SK – Certificate Program) 

Sarah Oulousian, piano (Brossard, QC – Certificate Program) 

David Liam Roberts, cello (Winnipeg, MB – The Glenn Gould School) 

Angela Ryu, violin (Calgary, AB – Certificate Program) 

Meagan Turner, viola (Toronto, ON – Certificate Program) 

Ariel Wang, flute/piano (West Vancouver, BC – Certificate Program) 

Naomi Woo, conductor (North Vancouver, BC – Certificate Program) 

YuYang Xie, piano (Gatineau, QC – Certificate Program)

Looking for a Royal Conservatory teacher near you? Consult our National Music Teacher Directory.  

Interested in joining The Glenn Gould School or The Taylor Academy? Visit their websites for application and audition details.