2007 – Aaron Schwebel, violinist
Aaron has just completed his first- year as a student at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, studying with Jonathan Crow. Born and raised in Toronto, Aaron began his violin lessons at the age of four, with Clara Shranz. At the age of eight, he came under the tutelage of Montreal’s Yaela Hertz, who continues to advise him. Other teachers with whom he has studied in¬clude Yossi Peleg and Mark Skazinetsky.
Aaron has received numer¬ous awards from local, provincial and national competitions. In the summer of 2004, he was a first-place winner and scholarship recipient in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competi¬tion. In 2005, he won the top prize in Toronto’s Kiwanis Music Festival, and was chosen to represent Ontario in the National Finals, held in Kamloops, Brit¬ish Columbia, in which he placed second in the country.
Other awards and fellowships Aaron has received include the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarship, the CBC McGill Award and, as of tonight, the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award.
Aaron had his solo debut at the age of seventeen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Mo¬zart’s Violin Concerto #5. Upcoming concerts include a performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orches¬tra scheduled for Fall 2007, as the winner of the McGill Concerto Competition.
Our winner has served as concertmaster for the Mc¬Gill Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Youth Or¬chestra. In addition, he has been featured on television shows and films, includ¬ing TVO’s Vox and film director David Kaufman’s The New Klezmorim.
We congratulate Aaon on win¬ning this award and wish him great suc¬cess in his future career.