And the winner is...


The winner of the 2019 Geringas Memorial Scholarship is Duncan McDougall.

Congratulations also fo finalists Emad Zolfaghari and Tiffany Yeung. ( Dale Jeong had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.)

Duncan, age 16, is a student of Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom and Jonathan Crow at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In addition to the cash scholarship, Duncan will have an opportunity to perform at an Off Centre Music Salon concert in the fall.

2019 Geringas Scholarship Final Jury

David Geringas

Lithuanian-born, Berlin-based cellist and conductor David Geringas has had a 50-year career as a soloist, recording artist and teacher. His discography, which now approaches 100 CDs, includes many recordings honoured with important prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the 12 cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini, the Diapason d’Or d’Année for the chamber music of Henri Dutilleux, and the prize of the year from the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of the cello concertos by Hans Pfitzner. In 2013 and 2014, David Geringas received the Echo Klassic award. From 1976 to 2009, David taught at music academies in Hamburg, Lübeck, and Berlin, helping many young musicians win prizes at top festivals and rise to international stardom. David’s engagements for the 2018-2019 season include concerts in Berlin, Moscow, Kronberg, Vilnius, Trieste, Siena, Interlaken, Klaipeda, Saint Petersburg and other cities. 

Stephen Sitarski

Toronto violinist Stephen Sitarski is the concertmaster of the Esprit Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, and Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephen frequently appears as soloist with many concertos in the standard repertoire as well as concertos written especially for him by Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy and Glenn Buhr. Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, and is a regular participant in diverse chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally. He is also a frequent performer with Toronto’s acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble and Soundstreams. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Youth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member. 


Andréa Tyniec

Violinist Andréa Tyniec has created a versatile performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music, particularly of Canadian new works. Acclaimed for her “exceptional musicality and intensity” (La Presse), she has performed as a soloist internationally and across Canada with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, the Calgary Symphony, the Münchener Kammerorchester, and I Virtuosi Italiani. Andréa released her "simply stunning" (The WholeNote) recording of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe in 2015. Andréa performed her debut recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has performed internationally in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey and the USA.



2019 First Round Jury

The first round of the Geringas Scholarship is adjudicated by musicians based outside Toronto, to eliminate the chances of a conflict of interest. The 2019 First Round jury is:

 KAREN OUZOUNIAN, Cellist, Aizuri Quartet

Described as “radiant” and “expressive” (The New York Times) and “nothing less than gorgeous” (Memphis Commercial Appeal), cellist Karen Ouzounian approaches music-making with a deeply communicative and passionate spirit. Winner of the S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award and at home in diverse musical settings, she is drawn towards unusual collaborations and eclectic contemporary repertoire. Karen is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet. Its debut album, Blueprinting, was released by New Amsterdam Records in Fall 2018 and nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award. In addition to her work with Aizuri, Karen performs with Silkroad, the organization founded by Yo-Yo Ma to create music that engages difference. Born and raised in Toronto, Karen was a prizewinner at the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. 

MASUMI PER ROSTAD, Associate Professor of Viola, Eastman School of Music

The Grammy Award-winning violist Masumi Per Rostad has received praise for his rich and expressive tone, energy, and commanding presence, and has been described by critics as an “electrifying, poetic and sensitive musician.” In addition to performing, Rostad teaches and has contributed to online and print publications. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Masumi has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2009, the quartet received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year. Rostad has served on the faculties of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, and given numerous solo and chamber music master classes.

JESSICA TONG, Assistant Professor of Violin, Fredonia School of Music

Lauded for her "lyrical intensity" (Baltimore Sun) and her "performances to remember" (Woodstock Times), violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Professional Musicians, she is also a DAAD Scholar and has also been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions. Most recently, she held the post of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana. Her debut album of chamber works by Stephan Krehl with the Larchmere Quartet and clarinetist Wonkak Kim was released in 2016 by Naxos Records to critical acclaim. In 2019, she is taking up a professorship in violin at SUNY Fredonia in Western New York.

String players, get out your video cameras!

The 2019 Geringas Memorial Scholarship is for strings – violin, viola, cello and double bass players aged 12-17, living in Ontario.

This is a two-round competition. The first round will be judged via video, by an out-of-town jury. Finalists will play at a live performance, open to the public, in the second half of June, 2019. Jury members TBA.

First prize is $3000. Runners-up will receive $600.

Applications for the video round are due April 30, 2019.

How to Apply

2018 Winner

It’s Catherine He!

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The winner of the inaugural Geringas Memorial Scholarship is 14-year-old pianist Catherine He.

She was chosen by jury members Alexina Louie, Christopher Miranda and Boris Zarankin, who emphasized that the competition was extremely close.

The runners up were Eric Guo, Raymond Huang and Elijah Orlenko. All four finalists study at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

The Geringas Memorial Scholarship is presented in partnership with the Off Centre Music Salon.

Catherine began playing the piano at age four. She was invited to play in Rogers Media’s “Toronto’s Talent” at age six and was interviewed by CTV Toronto at age seven. In 2011, she was awarded first place in the seven-year-old group in the North York Music Festival. She performed at the 23rd Annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival in June 2011 and subsequently performed at events including the 25th Annual Crystal Ball, a black-tie fundraising gala for the registered charity REACH for the Rainbow. Catherine has won awards at several Canadian music competitions and participated in master classes with Christina Petrowska-Quilico, Alvin Zhu, Kum Sing Lee, and James Anagnoson. She currently studies at Taylor Academy with Lang Ning Liu.

2018 Geringas Scholarship runners-up (left to right): Eric Guo, Raymond Huang, Elijah Orlenko.

2018 Geringas Scholarship runners-up (left to right): Eric Guo, Raymond Huang, Elijah Orlenko.

The Final Round Jury

The jury for the final round of our competition:

Boris Zarankin

A pianist of international renown, Boris Zarankin was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “pianist of flair, style and exciting virtuosity.” Mr. Zarankin studied at the Kharkov State Conservatory and at the Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Zarankin has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras, and is a highly esteemed piano teacher. His students have included David Louie, Micah Yui, Stuart Hamilton and William Leathers. Mr. Zarankin has adjudicated numerous festivals, and facilitated master classes and pedagogy workshops internationally and across Canada and the GTA. He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Off Centre Music Salon with his wife, Inna Perkis.


Christopher Miranda

Studying with Marina Geringas at the RCM, young Christopher was the winner of the Toronto Symphony and TD National Competitions and the Mississauga Arts Award, was heard on CBC Radio, CHCH and Bravo television, and was reviewed by the Toronto Star. At the University of Toronto under Marietta Orlov, he was awarded the W.O. Forsyth scholarship, the Felix Galimir award for Chamber Music, and a Canada Council for the Arts grant. He went on to study at Yale University with the late Claude Frank, and at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler, earning a Doctor of Music degree. Dr. Miranda is an adjudicator, an artist of the Canzona concert series, and has a large studio at the #1 ranked Mississauga School of Music, and Opus Alive. His students are provincial prize winners, laureates of international competition, and recipients of the RCM gold medal.


Alexina Louie

One of Canadaʼs most sought after composers, Alexina Louie has written for many of the countryʼs leading soloists, chamber ensembles, new music ensembles and orchestras. Her works have become part of the standard repertoire, in particular her many compositions for piano, which are frequently performed by students and professionals alike. She is the winner of two Juno Awards, and three times been awarded the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award for being the most frequently performed Canadian classical composer. Ms. Louie is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal, as well as the Queenʼs Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.



And the finalists are...

The verdict is in! 

The jury members were highly impressed with the overall level of performance among the twelve entrants, and they chose four finalists:

Eric Guo, age 15. Teacher: Li Wang. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Wexford Collegiate

Catherine He, age 14. Teacher: Lang Ning Liu. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Sir John A. Macdonald C.I.

Raymond Huang, age 15. Teacher: Diane Werner. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Bayview Secondary School.

Elijah Orlenko, age 13. Teacher: Michael Berkovsky. Music School: Taylor Academy. Middle School: King Edward P.S.

Congratulations to all!

Round 2 will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at Mazzoleni Hall, at the Royal Conservatory, presented in partnership with the Off Centre Music Salon.

The performance will be public. The jury will be announced in the coming days.

Watch this space also for an announcement about tickets.