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Music Instrument Bank

Performing at Festival of the Sound

Named a "musical force to be reckoned with" by The Scene Magazine, cellist Cameron Crozman performs around the world at such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Canadas National Arts Centre. Recently one of 12 cellists chosen to compete at the Kronberg Academys Grand Prix Emanuel Feurermann, he was the 2nd prizewinner at the 74th Orchestre Symphonique de Montreals Standard Life Competition and the recipient of the Canada Council Michael Measures Prize (2002).




About the Musical Instrument Bank

Every 3 years, talented Canadian classical musicians compete for the chance to borrow fine stringed instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB). The competition is intense and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers*. Musicians who win the competition are often invited to perform with their instruments on some of the world’s most celebrated stages.

The MIB includes close to 22 magnificent instruments worth a total of over $41 million. These historically-significant violins, cellos and bows, ranging in age from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, were crafted by the world’s finest luthiers such as Stradivari, Gagliano and Pressenda. Find out more about the instruments.

The Canada Council funds, administers and promotes the MIB collection and competition. It started the MIB in 1985 through the generous legacy of $100,000 from the Barwick family of Ottawa. Since then it has grown steadily thanks to generous donations, loans, and purchases made with donated funds. .

Ric Heinl and his team of luthiers at Geo. Heinl & Co. Limited are responsible for restoring and maintaining the instruments.

* The jury members for the 2015 completion were: Mary-Katherine Finch, Clemens Merkel, Maria Kaneko Millar and Lara St. John

Find out how to donate to the MIB

About the Cello

The ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 Shaw Adam Cello bow

The Bonjour Stradivarius cello, made by Antonio Stradivari ca. 1696, is named after an amateur 19th century arisian cellist, Abel Bonjour, who owned it until his death sometimes after 1885. The cello subsequently passed via Fridolin Hamma of Stuttgart to Dr. Hans Kuhne of Cologne, who loaned the cello to the Stardivari Bicentennial exhibition in Cremona in 1937, and it is illustrated in the catalogue of the exhibition. For some years, the cello was owned by the Habisreutinger Foundation of St. Gallen, Switzerlan; more recently, it was owned by Martin Lovett of the celebrated Amedeus Quartet. The present owner, an anonymous donor, acquired it in the fall of 1999.

Donated by Anonymous Loan
Acquired 2000
Value $ 12 million

Made in France by Jean-Dominique Adam, the bow is a fine example of Adams work. The donor, Andrew R, Shaw was a professional cellist, and was the president of Canadas largest music publishing company for many years before becoming CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2002.

Donated by Andrew R. Shaw (Toronto)
Acquired 1999
Value $55,000