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Watch the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition

Which of the 3 finalists will claim the $20K 1st prize? Tune in June 27 to find out.

Which of the 3 finalists will claim the $20K 1st prize? Tune in June 27 to find out

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Update: The live streams from the 2020 Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition have ended. Following the competition's final round on June 27, the prize winners were announced:
First prize: Bryan Cheng.
Second prize, ex aequo: Andreas Schmalhofer, Leland Ko.
Audience prize: Andreas Schmalhofer.

You can view archived performances from the competition here.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition has moved online this year with contestants live streaming their performances from various locales and the jury and public watching and listening via the web.

Following the semifinal round, three finalists were announced on June 25. They are Bryan Cheng, Leland Ko and Andreas Schmalhofer. Each will perform a concerto with piano accompaniment on June 27 to be live streamed above beginning at noon ET. The prize winners will be announced at the end of the performances.

The live streams are hosted by Yolanda Bruno, winner of the 2017 Bader and Overton Canadian Violin Competition. In case of technical difficulties, performances will be archived here. View the complete online program here.

Add your comments to the #BaderCello live blog, below, and scroll down for a detailed schedule of performances and information on the contestants, prizes and jury.

Finalists

  • Bryan Cheng
  • Leland Ko
  • Andreas Schmalhofer

Schedule

All times are ET.

Saturday, June 27

12:00 p.m.: Welcome
12:15 p.m.: Andreas Schmalhofer
1:15 p.m.: Leland Ko
2:15 p.m.: Bryan Cheng
3:15 p.m.: Pause for jury deliberation
4:30 p.m. (approximately): Announcement of the prize winners

Prizes

  • The first-prize winner will be awarded the $20,000 Marion Overton Dick Memorial Cello Prize, a future engagement to perform with the Kingston Symphony, and a future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that will be recorded by CBC Music for national broadcast.
  • The second-prize winner will be awarded the $6,000 Clifford Overton Prize.
  • The third-prize winner will be awarded the $4,000 Margaret Foster and Heather Dick Prize.
  • Bader Family Audience Prize: $1,000.

Jury

Prize winners will be chosen by a jury comprising Minna Rose Chung, Denise Djokic, Joseph Elworthy, Matt Haimovitz, David Hetherington, Christina Mahler, Paul Marleyn, Evan Mitchell, Shauna Rolston and Wolf Tormann.

The winner of the audience prize will be determined by public voting.

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