Virginia Parker Prize. Originally known as the Virginia P. Moore Prize, it was established in 1982 by the late Virginia Parker and her husband, Col T.A.G. Moore. It was administered by the Canada Council on behalf of the Virginia Parker Foundation. In the past the award varied from $15,000 to $27,800, but since the mid-1990s remained at $25,000, and was intended to assist outstanding young musicians in furthering their careers. Candidates had to be professional classical instrumentalists or conductors under the age of 32 and previous Canada Council grant recipients.
Past winners have been: Jon Kimura Parker (1983); Louis Lortie (1984); Sophie Rolland (1985); Sandra Graham (1986); Gilles Auger (1987); Jamie Parker (1988); Marc-André Hamelin (1989); Nancy Argenta (1990); Michael Schade (1991); Corey Cerovcsek (1992); Martin Beaver (1993); Scott St John (1994); Karina Gauvin (1995); Alain Trudel (1996); James Ehnes (1997); Richard Raymond (1998); Lucy Chung (1991); Yannick Nézet-Séguin (2000); Marie-Nicole Lemieux (2001); Stewart Goodyear (2002); and Julie-Anne Derome (2003); Jasper Wood (2004); Isabel Bayrakdarian (2005); Shannon Mercer (2006); David Jalbert (2007); Jean-Phillippe Sylvestre (2008) : Wallace Halladay (2009) ; Alexandre da Costa (2010);Yaori Yamagami (2011) and Daniel Cabena (2012).