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.

Year 1, Round 1

This is the very belated launch of our news blog. There has been plenty of news to report, but other responsibilities (and a mile- wide procrastination streak) have kept me from keeping you updated.

So, let's catch up.

Our First Round jury, announced to the entrants but not (until now) to the general public, are three highly acclaimed Toronto-raised pianists now living and teaching in the U.S. and performing internationally:


Twelve young pianists entered the competition. The candidates were from all over the GTA: downtown Toronto, Scarborough, Markham, Mississauga, etc. Many were from the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music, but a few came from other schools or independent teachers.