"This violin is really clear and even, and I can make lots of colours with it," says Joshua Peters.
He's referring to his 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin (and matching bow), on loan from benefactor Greg Cook via the Canada Council for the Arts.
Valued at $260,000, this precious violin is in good hands: in 2015, Peters won the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the Golden Violin Competition at McGill University's Schulich School of Music.
The Canada Council's musical instrument bank contains more than 20 string instruments totalling over $41 million in value. Every three years, musicians compete for the chance to borrow them. Of the musicians currently in possession of these instruments, we recently invited 11 to our Montreal studio to give a demonstration.
Below, Peters plays Paganini's Caprice No. 16.
If you're in the Toronto area on Nov. 29, catch Peters in recital with pianist Philip Chiu at the Richard Bradshaw Auditorium at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. They'll play Beethoven and Schoenberg.
Peters is also a member of the Horizon String Quartet.