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Media Release: Cello Competition Semi-Finalists 2019/20



On September 2, 2019, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University will launch a new major cello competition for Canada, the BADER AND OVERTON CANADIAN CELLO COMPETITION. The competition will be held May 6-9, 2020 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) in Kingston, Ontario. The Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition has been made possible through the generosity of the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, whose vision, imagination and generosity will enable gifted emerging musicians to learn, inspire, perform, and develop their careers. 



All Cello Competition information can be found at:

Applications open September 2, 2019.



FIRST PRIZE: The first prizewinner will be awarded The Marion Overton Dick Memorial Cello Prize for $20,000 CAD, 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.


SECOND PRIZE: The second prizewinner will be awarded The Clifford Overton Prize for $6,000 CAD.


THIRD PRIZE: The third prizewinner will be awarded The Margaret Foster and Heather Dick Prize for $4,000 CAD.


THE BADER FAMILY AUDIENCE PRIZE:  On Saturday, May 9 after the three finalists perform, the audience will vote by ballot for their favourite player of the evening. The votes will be tallied and checked, and the audience favourite prizewinner will be awarded the Bader Family Audience Prize for $1,000 CAD.



All Virtuosi Festival pass holders get free tickets to the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition performances May 6,7, and 9, 2020.


Media Release : Cello Competition 2019/20

NOTICE: Roman Borys will no longer serve on the Cello Competition jury due to a schedule conflict. Thank you!