Ten-year-old violinist Emrik Revermann, a student of The Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, has won a top prize at the inaugural Vienna International Music Competition. He won the award on January 31, 2019.
Emrik was named as the top performer in the category ‘Strings—Young Artist’, open to musicians up to 19 years old. He is the youngest person in the competition – and the only Canadian – to win his category.
The goal of the Vienna International Music Competition is to help launch the careers of extraordinary young artists by giving them the opportunity to perform in Vienna’s Musikverein, one of the world’s most beloved concert halls. Because of his prize, Emrik will perform at the venue on March 9, 2019.
A music student since the age of 3½, when he began lessons at the Suzuki program of the Royal Conservatory School, Emrik is already an accomplished performer. He has won the Grand Prize at the 2017 Canadian Music Competition, and the following year won the top prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. Because of his many achievements, CBC named Emrik one of Canada’s top young classical musicians.
Emrik is a recipient of The R.S. Williams String Scholarship and studies with acclaimed violinist Conrad Chow. Conrad considers Emrik a rare talent with uncommon enthusiasm. “It is extremely rare to find a student who comes to each lesson with such a hunger and zest for learning music as Emrik. He brings his youthful exuberance, dedicated preparation, and intense focus on the violin to every musical activity in his life and on stage.”
Emrik’s achievement caps several successful months for students and alumni of The Taylor Academy. Like Emrik, mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska earned a performance in a legendary concert venue. Because she the won the Guildhall Wigmore Prize in September 2018, she will perform in London’s Wigmore Hall on May 18, 2019.
Other recent prizewinners include cellist Eugene Ye, who won the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition in November 2018, and bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian, who that same month won the second prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition.