About the Program

The Young Artists Program, founded by Pinchas Zukerman in 1999 and now in its 21st edition, offers outstanding private instruction and chamber music coaching with additional career-related sessions and mentoring as well as performance opportunities including public chamber music concerts, public masterclasses, closed works-in-progress sessions and recitals.

Seventy exceptionally talented, classically trained young artists from around the world keen to steep themselves in individual instruction and to explore “musical conversation” within a chamber music community of peers, will be selected to study with an internationally renowned faculty in a comprehensive program in Ottawa.

Senior and Precollege students will be immersed in music playing and networking with like-minded young artists, all at the University of Ottawa School of Music and at the National Arts Centre nearby.

Program Locations

University of Ottawa

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The School of Music of the University of Ottawa generously hosts the NAC Summer Music Institute by placing at the disposal of the participants its excellent facilities at the Pérez Music Building including performance venues, studios for ensemble practice and the music library. Students stay in residence at the University of Ottawa, just a brief walk to the Pérez Music Building.

The School of Music boasts a team of internationally recognized professors who perform in concert around the globe and publish in leading academic journals. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are tailored to provide students with rigorous training in preparation for an active and successful career in music.

The campus is situated in the heart of the nation's capital - only minutes from the National Arts Centre, the Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery of Canada, the Rideau Shopping Centre and the historic Byward Market. The university and environs offer state-of-the-art athletic facilities for swimming, cycling, hiking and other.

National Arts Centre

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The National Arts Centre, home of the world-renowned National Arts Centre Orchestra, is a multi-disciplinary bilingual performing arts venue, presenting the best in Canadian and international music, English and French theatre, dance and variety.

Vitally important to the National Arts Centre is its ability to strive towards artistic expansion and innovation by recruiting world-class musicians, developing new programs, touring regularly and using broadband technology to expand our reach across Canada and around the world.

The National Arts Centre is also at the forefront of youth and educational activities, supporting programs for young and emerging artists, programs for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers. Each year the NAC reaches thousands of students from pre-school through university with innovative programs that are relevant to this growing and dynamic audience.

Young Artists Program is made possible through the wonderful generosity of individual donors and corporations, the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust and its Lead Partner Rogers. We would also like to thank Honorary Patron Sara Vered.

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