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 Scholarship Recipients

The scholarships were presented annually to nine Canadian guitarists between 2006 and 2012 to pursue post-secondary guitar education in Canada or elsewhere.


2012 Recipient

JAMES GRAHAM of Winnipeg, MB

Alex Goodman James Graham started playing guitar at the age of six under the instruction of Ryszard Tyborowski. Since that time, James has competed annually in the Winnipeg Music Festival, placing either silver or gold in every category he has entered, including winning the Baroque Solo, Own Choice Solo, 20th/21st Century Solo, and Classical Solo classes. He has also appeared as a performer at the festival's Gala Concert.

The Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society has awarded James its scholarship for three years in a row and has invited him to be the opening performer at several of the society's concerts. In addition, James regularly participates in master-classes given by acclaimed performers such as Swedish guitarist Johannes Möller and Native American guitarist Gabriel Ayala.

As at April 2012, James - who is currently 12 years of age - is registered in the Enrichment Program at the Division of Preparatory Studies at the University of Manitoba. He loves to perform and would like to add international competitions to his schedule.

Recently, James made his first recording.


2011 Recipient


Alex Goodman Toronto born guitarist and composer Alex Goodman has established himself as a major force on the Canadian jazz scene. He has released two albums as a leader, with a third due in 2011. His most recent endeavor, "Convergence" consistently placed at the top of the jazz charts following its release and was listed as one of the top ten jazz records of 2010. He has toured extensively across the country and has performed at such prestigious Canadian venues as Massey Hall and the CBC's Glenn Gould studio.

Upon completing his Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto he was honored as the first jazz musician to have been awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the "student deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music." He has been featured with major national media such as CityTV news, Global BC, the Edmonton Journal and the Ottawa Citizen. Alex is also an accomplished composer with over 100 compositions in his portfolio and two award winning film scores.

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2010 Recipient


Jordan Laidlaw Jordan Laidlaw started studying guitar at age 11 in junior high school. His passion for the instrument quickly developed and he soon began taking lessons through the Manitoba Conservatory.

Recognized as a local talent, Jordan has received awards and scholarships from such organizations as the Manitoba Arts Council, the Manitoba Conservatory, and the University of Manitoba. He was invited to compete at the U. of M.'s Lawrence Genser Scholarship Competition and is the youngest lead soloist to have appeared with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Jordan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba and also teaches multiple genres of guitar (classical, blues, rock, jazz, metal and country) at studios across Winnipeg and at the U. of M.'s Division of Preparatory Studies. His future plans include obtaining Bachelor of Education and Master of Music degrees, inspiring young guitarists as a high school ensemble teacher, and establishing his reputation as a composer.

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2009 Recipient


Michael Kolk Michael Kolk began studying classical guitar at age 6 and took up the electric guitar at age 11, developing skills in the classical, blues, rock, and jazz genres. He earned an ARCT diploma in Guitar Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2000 and an Honours Bachelor's Degree in the Classical Guitar Performance program from the University of Toronto in 2005.

Michael has won First Place prizes at the Northwest Guitar Competition, Lachine International Guitar Competition, and the FCMF National Music Competition.

Currently, Michael is pursuing a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance at the University of Toronto, teaching at the Lippert Music Centre, and working on recording projects as a member of the Henderson-Kolk Guitar Duo, the rock band Mackenzie King, and as a solo classical guitarist.

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2008 Recipients

PAUL KOSMAC of Winnipeg, MB, and FLORIA NICA of Toronto, ON

Shawn Pickup Paul Kosmac studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Winnipeg and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Music. In 2007 he was awarded 1st Place Senior Guitar as well as the Grand Prize Faculty Scholarship by the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts.

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Aimee Piche Floria Nica studied with Eli Kassner at the University of Toronto, Guitar Performance Program and is currently studying with Roberto Aussel at the Musikhochschule Koeln in Germany. She has won national and international competitions and has performed in guitar festivals in Canada, Germany, Czech Republic and Romania.

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2007 Recipients

SHAWN PICKUP of Lower Sackville, NS

Shawn Pickup Shawn Pickup started playing guitar as a teenager, focusing on the rock, blues and metal styles of such performers as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Nuno Bettencourt. Following high school, Shawn's interest turned to classical guitar, which he studied at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, earning a Bachelor of Music Degree. He has also attended master classes with Dale Kavanagh and other acclaimed classical guitarists at international symposia and festivals.

Among numerous honours, Shawn was awarded First Prize in senior guitar at the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival and, in 2006, won First Prize in guitar as well as the Grand Award from among all first prize winners in all instrument classes at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Music Competition.

Shawn is currently pursuing graduate studies with professor Dale Kavanagh at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany.

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2006 Recipients

LUCAS HANEMAN of Kanata, ON, and AIMÉE PICHÉ of London, ON

Lucas Haneman Lucas Haneman of Kanata, ON has studied guitar with Wayne Eagles, a professional guitarist and music instructor at Carleton University. Lucas attended the National Guitar Jazz Summit workshops in the US, along with many other music workshops in Canada including Jazzworks camps and CBC's Galaxie Jazz Youth All-Stars. He is currently attending Concordia University in Montreal, where he is studying jazz performance with a focus on guitar.

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Aimee Piche Aimée Piché is a classical guitarist from London, ON. She is the winner of the London Kiwanis Music Festival "Rose Bowl" award, the London Kiwanis Music Festival Open String Trophy Class (twice), and the Ontario Music Festival Association Grade 10 solo classical guitar class. Aimée is currently attending The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she is studying guitar with Nicholas Goluses.

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