Applications are now open for the 2020 Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition for the Marta Hidy Prize for Cello.

The competition is an annual event for Canadian virtuosos aged 23 and younger that focuses on a different instrument every year. It offers a scholarship of $1,000 and an opportunity to perform as a soloist with Orchestra Toronto at its popular December youth-oriented concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The 2011 prize was for violin, and in the ensuing years, the Competition has cycled through the major instrument families, returning to the violin in 2018. In 2020, the prize will be awarded to a cellist.

The prize was established to honour Marta Hidy’s legacy as a solo artist, orchestral and chamber musician, conductor, teacher and music professor. Marta Hidy’s passion for music and for young talent influenced the lives of generations of musicians and the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition’s mission is to continue that influence. Supported by the Hidy Fund, the competition aims primarily to showcase talented young Canadians and help them make the transition to professional life.

All applicants must read the Competition Rules, which can be found here. 

To register for the competition, please fill in the registration form, below, and submit your registration fee of $40 via PayPal or cheque made out to Orchestra Toronto.

Cheques may be mailed to

Orchestra Toronto
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

Registration Form