Twenty years ago, the world would have been hard-pressed to name a classical musician from Canada – apart from Glenn Gould, and he was dead.
Today, Canadians are topping the classical summits.
Yannick is king of Philadelphia and the Met.
The soprano Barbara Hannigan is challenging maestros with her dazzling podium flair.
James Ehnes and Leila Josefowicz are major-league violinists.
The list of pianists is endless; Hewitt, Lisiecki, Fialkowska, Lortie, two Hamelins….
As for singers: Finley, Heppner, Lemieux, Schade, Brueggergosman… and on and on.
Canada is a nation of 35 million.
What is it doing right?