Canada is well represented at the international level by some of the world's top classical musicians. Angela Hewitt, James Ehnes, Ben Heppner, Marc-André Hamelin, Measha Brueggergosman and Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform regularly in the most prestigious concert venues and as guests of today's leading orchestras.


But before these artists reached the top of their fields, they logged countless hours in the practice studio, seized every opportunity to perform in public and invested time and money in lessons and coachings, all with the ultimate — and elusive — goal of establishing a career as a professional classical musician.


Who are our next classical music stars? We surveyed Canada's conservatories, music competitions and professional training programs, and today we pay tribute to 30 Canadian classical musicians under 30 who are making their mark. They range in age from 8 to 28, and we think they're amazing. Click "open gallery" to see the next wave of classical music talent sweeping the nation.

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