Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award

Musical Legacy
The Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award Concert is performed by our winner, a Jewish artist at the threshold of his/her career. The award was established to encourage the careers of young Jewish artists in the Canadian community as well as the performance of music by Jewish composers.
The concert is made possible through the gifts of Helen and Joseph Berman and the Darren Kendal Memorial Endowment Fund.

  2018 — Liel Amdour, Guitar

A passionate ambassador of the classical guitar, Liel Amdour is committed to sharing the music of the guitar with the audiences everywhere. Liel regularly performs as a soloist in diverse settings and receives frequent praise for her expressive performances and charismatic presence. A recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she completed her Bachelor of Music in guitar performance under Dr. Daniel Bolshoy, and a two-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award for promising young artists, Liel is devoted to the journey of refining her art. She has participated in numerous local and international guitar festivals and competitions.

  2017 — Shulamit Sarid, Cello

Sarid, born in Jerusalem in 1993, began studying the cello at age five with her mother, the cello teacher Mrs. Bluma Sarid, at the Israel Conservatory. In 2016 Shulamit graduated with a Master’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Currently, Shulamit is pursuing her studies for an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Mr. Andres Diaz and Mr. Desmond Hoebig.
Shulamit served in the IDF Outstanding Musician Unit. She played for the Music for the Community Project of the Education Corps and performed daily for the elderly, the sick, and children with special needs. In 2012, she had the opportunity to play in Poland in the ceremony at Auschwitz on Holocaust Memorial Day, as part of her army service, through a delegation called “Witnesses in Uniform.”

  2015/2016  — Ron Cohen Mann

Ron is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music, studying with Stephen Taylor. He completed his Master of Music at Mannes School of Music, studying with Sherry Sylar of the New York Philharmonic, and his Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Beth Orson, where he was awarded the UBC Medal in Music.

Cohen Mann was a prizewinner at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Standard Life Competition 2014, and the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition 2013 and Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award 2015. He has performed in various orchestras including The Manhattan Symphonie, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and The National Youth Orchestra of Canada in performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls (Lincoln Center), Symphony Space (NYC), Koerner Hall (Toronto), Notre Dame Basilica and Maison Symphonique (Montreal), among others. He has toured to India, China, and throughout Canada and the United States and played under eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Peter Oundjian, John Adams, Jonathan Darlington, Alain Trudel, and Carolyn Kuan.

  • 2014 Beth Silver
    2013  Lyrit Milgram
    2012 Lily Chapnik
    2011 Kyra Folk-Farber
    2010 Reprise Concert
    2009  Inga Filippova-Williams, soprano and Alex Mirzoev, pianist
    2008 Melanie Gall, soprano and Jared Miller, pianist
    2007 Aaron Schwebel, violinist
    2006 Elissa Miller-Kay, pianist
    2005 Adam Sherkin, pianist
    2004 Reprise Concert
    2003 Shoshana Telner, pianist
    2002 Rachel Desoer, cellist
    2001 Sarah Silverman, pianist
    2000  Rebecca Gitter, violist
    1999 Daniel Bard, violinist and Karen Wierzba, soprano
    1998  Elina Kelebeev, pianist
    1997  Ilya Poletaev, pianist
    1996 Daniel Bolshoy, guitarist
    1995  Shalom Bard, clarinetist
    1994  Jonathan Swartz, violinist
    1993  Jennifer Swartz, harpist
    1992 Igor Gefter, cellist
    1991 Vadim Serebryany, pianist
    1990 Lawrence Glatt, guitarist
    1989  David Louie, pianist
    1988 Michael Rusinek, clarinetist
    1987  Andrew Burashko, pianist
    1986 Karen Weingort, pianist
    1985 Barry Shiffman, violinist
    1984  Yuval Fichman, pianist
Ben Steinberg

Composer-in-Residence Ben Steinberg

The prestigious Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, created 34 years ago, is a prize given annually to a deserving young Jewish musician on the threshold of his/her career. It is the only award of its kind given by a synagogue in North America and would not exist without the financial support of our donors. Temple Sinai should be very proud of its role in perpetuating and sustaining this prize through the generosity of the Helen and Joseph Berman Fund and The Darren Kendal Memorial Fund. The Berman Family recognized the importance of supporting our emerging young artists, and for the Kendal Family, this award recital is an enduring tribute to their beloved son and brother.