Joseph Lee has qualified for the premiere classical music competition for youth ages seven to 30.
Lee and more than 60 musicians from Southern Ontario have advanced to the national final of the Canadian Music Competition and will showcase their talents one last time before a panel of five judges, June 21 to July 3 in Quebec City.
Almost 500 musicians began their journey to the finals in April at regional competitions held across the country. The top scorers advanced through regional and provincial rounds, performing different pieces in each round, before the final 268 — those who achieve the minimum score of 85 per cent — qualified for the final.
Joseph, 11, was introduced to the violin at the age of six. A friend of his mother played the instrument and Joseph was intrigued by its shape.
“It looked really cool, and I liked the music,” said the Ancaster resident.
Top performers at the three rounds of competition share a total of more than $100,000 in scholarship money to help further their musical education.