Toronto musicians win young performer competition

Two Toronto-area musicians were the big winners at this year's CBC National Competition for Young Performers.

Two Toronto-area musicians were the big winners at this year's CBC National Competition for Young Performers.

Baritone Peter McGillivray, 27, took first prize in the vocal category at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary.

McGillivray won $15,000 for his first place finish, an additional $10,000 for the Jean A. Chalmers Award and $7,500 for winning the National Arts Centre "People's Choice" Award.

Flutist Stephen Tam went home with $15,000 for winning the winds and brass category of the competition.

MacGillivray and Tam were among the six finalists competing for top honours.

Opera singer Allan Monk, one of the judges of the competition, said McGillivray grabbed the audience with his performance.

"He sang with wonderful colours and wonderful textures. He was involved in his music so he had a good rapport with the audience," Monk said.

Monk said Tam played throughout the competition "with great clarity and great confidence and security."

Martha Guth, 26, from Vancouver and Michael Ibrahim, 23, from Calgary won $10,000 for their second place finish in the vocal and winds and bass categories respectively.

The $5,000 third place prize went to Nikki Einfeld, 25, from Winnipeg (voice) and Christie Reside, 23, from Calgary (winds and brass).

The competition was open to Canadian citizens 32 years of age and younger in the voice category and 30 years of age and younger for the winds and brass category.