The Orford String Quartet Fund

One of Canada’s most illustrious chamber ensembles, the critically acclaimed Orford String Quartet, was internationally recognized for its performances of chamber music for over 25 years. On the occasion of its final performance in 1991 at the Sharon Festival, funds were raised an and endowment was established with the Ontario Arts Foundation.

From 1997 to 2012 in recognition of the Orford String Quartet’s influence on the development of string chamber music in Canada, the fund awarded scholarships to string chamber musicians attending university.

Beginning in 2014, the mandate of the fund will change to support a biennial award recognizing Canadian string chamber musicians who are in the early stages of their professional career.


Prize: $3,000

Current Recipient
2016  Shane Kim

Shane Kim, 2016 recipient of the Orford String Quartet Award


News Releases

Shane Kim wins the 2016 Orford String Quartet Award  November 23, 2016
2014 Recipient of the Orford String Quartet Award Announced 
  November 122014

Donor Testimonial:
Wuchien Michael Than

Persistence and Passion:  A Donor's Story

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund was established by Michael Than in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation in 2013. Funding began in 2013 and contributions continue to grow the fund and support a granting program. Michael Than created the Fund to help create opportunities for the creation, development of Asian-Canadian theatre and to develop new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights.


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