Wilhelm Magner

The first violist to be awarded the Prix d’Europe in the competition’s 111 years of existence, Mr. Magner is currently completing a master’s degree in Viola Performance at Yale University in the studio of Ettore Causa. Previously, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Viola at McGill University, studying with André Roy. He was listed on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Hot 30 Under 30 Classical Musicians” list in 2022. 

Mr. Magner’s solo engagements in 2023–24 include recitals in Canada, the United States, and Poland. He is a prizewinner of many competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition (ex-aequo first prize) and the OSJS Concerto Competition. He was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition as well as participated in the Prague Spring competition. He has performed at many summer festivals, such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Kneisel Hall. He also is a recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award.  

Mr. Magner plays a viola by Ryan Soltis, Nelson (2023), and an Ouchard bow generously loaned by the company CANIMEX INC. from Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.