®The finest instrument is the mind.

Over five million Canadians are alumni of The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Below is a sampling of our many illustrious alumni, who demonstrate the transformative power of music and the arts to inspire Canadians from coast to coast.

The Hon. Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella - Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Mariko Anraku - Associate principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; recording artist with EMI Classics

Randy Bachman – Guitarist, founding member of The Guess Who and BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive), Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Rob Baker – Guitarist and songwriter, The Tragically Hip

Isabel Bayrakdarian – Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated opera singer

Jeanne Beker – Television host and journalist

Martin Beaver – Violinist, member of the Tokyo String Quartet

Marie Bérard – Member of Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble

Mario Bernardi - Founding Conductor of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra

Laila Biali – Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist

Russell Braun – Operatic lyric baritone

Jaycelyn Brown – Pianist, member of Juno Award-winning band Said The Whale

Jeremiah Brown - Silver Medal-winner at 2012 Summer Olympic Games in Men's Rowing

Measha Brueggergosman – Juno Award-winning opera singer

Andrew Burashko – Artistic Director of Art of Time Ensemble

Howard Cable – Conductor and Composer

The Right Hon. Kim Campbell – Canada's 19th Prime Minister

Kim Cattrall Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress

Cecilia String Quartet – Winners of 2011 Banff International String Quartet Competition

Piya Chattopadhyay – Journalist with CBC and TVO

Aline Chrétien Spouse of former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and Chancellor of Laurentian University

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson – 26th Governor General of Canada

Bruce Cockburn – Juno Award-winning folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Officer of the Order of Canada

Jonathan Crow – Violinist, Concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Mychael Danna  Academy Award-winning composer

Denise Donlon – Business executive, television, producer, host, and Member of the Order of Canada

The Hon. Kirsty Duncan – Minister of Science

Phil Dwyer – Saxophonist, pianist, and composer; multiple Juno and National Jazz Award-winner; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

John Estacio – Juno Award-nominated composer

Bob Ezrin – Juno Award-winning record producer, inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The Hon. Ed Fast – Conservative MP for Abbotsford, BC

Ivan Fecan – Former head of Bell Media (formerly CTVGlobeMedia)

Victor Feldbrill – Violnist and conductor; member of the Order of Ontario and Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Mark Fewer – Violinist, Artistic Director of Halifax's Scotia Festival of Music

David Foster – Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe/Grammy Award-winning musician and record producer, Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Wallis Giunta – Award-wnning mezzo-soprano

Chilly Gonzales – Grammy Award-winning pianist, songwriter, and producer

Stewart Goodyear – Juno Award-nominated pianist

Glenn Gould – Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, writer and broadcaster

Robert Goulet – Grammy Award-winning singer and actor

Lawrence Gowan – Award-winning solo performer and member of Styx

Barbara Gowdy Giller Prize/Governor General/Man Booker Prize nominee

Gryphon Trio – Juno Award-winning classical music ensemble

Emily Haines – Singer and songwriter, Juno Award-winning band Metric

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper – 22nd Prime Minister of Canada

Jeff Healey – Juno Award-winning jazz guitarist and singer

Dr. Rob Hegele – Endocrinologist, Director of the Blackburn Cardiovascular Genetics Lab at Robarts Research Institute and London Regional Genomics Centre; Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Western University

Dr. Rick Hegele – Chief of Pathology, Sick Kids Hospital and Departmental Chair of Pathology, University of Toronto

Angela Hewitt – Classical pianist, Officer of the Order of Canada

Tomson Highway – Award-winning author and playwright; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Heather Hiscox – Television anchor, CBC News Network

The Hon. Lois Hole – 15th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Ian Ihnatowycz – Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Investment Management

Carly Rae Jepsen – Award-winning singer-songwriter

Norman Jewison – Multiple Academy Award-nominated film director, Companion of the Order of Canada

Kiesza – Juno Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist

Dennis Kim – Concertmaster of Finnish National Opera

Helen Kim – Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra

Tanya Kim – Television anchor

Leslie Kinton – Member of acclaimed piano duo Anagnoson and Kinton

Michael Koerner – President of Canada Overseas Investments Limited; Chancellor of The Royal Conservatory 

Diana Krall – Grammy and Juno Award-winning jazz singer and pianist; Officer of the Order of Canada

Kristin Kreuk – Actress

Chantal Kreviazuk – Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist

Julian Kuerti – Assistant conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra

k.d. lang – Grammy and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter

Gordon Lightfoot – Singer and songwriter, Companion of the Order of Canada

Jens Lindemann Echo Klassik Award-winning and Grammy and Juno-nominated trumpeter, faculty at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Jan Lisiecki – Juno Award-nominated pianist, Deutsche Grammophon recording artist

Peter Longworth – Classical pianist

Alexina Louie – Juno Award-winning composer and pianist

David Louie – Member of Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble

Malcolm Lowe – Concertmaster of Boston Symphony, faculty at Tanglewood Music Center

Annabel Lyon – Giller and Governor General’s Award-nominated author

Ann-Marie MacDonald – Author, recipient of Commonwealth Writers Prize and Governor General’s Award For Literary Merit

Amanda Marshall - Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter

Lois Marshall – Opera singer, Companion of the Order of Canada

The Hon. Barbara McDougall – Advisor at Aird & Berlis LLP; former Secretary of State for External Affairs

Loreena McKennitt – Juno Award-winning singer, pianist and composer; Member of the Order of Canada

Sarah McLachlan – Multiple Juno/Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Officer of the Order of Canada

Jeff Melanson – President and CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Stephan Moccio – Grammy and Academy Award-nominated songwriter, musician, and producer

Ben Mulroney – Television anchor

Sean Morley – Multiple WWF Championship-winning professional wrestler AKA Val Venis

Kent Nagano – Conductor, and music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Bavarian State Opera

Scott Neidermayer – NHL Defenceman

Phil Nimmons – Founding member of the Canadian League of Composers; Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto

Sir Roger Norrington – Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Sandra Oh – Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress

Bryant Olender – Genie Award-nominated musician and Musical Director for Michael Bublé

Simone Osborne – Acclaimed soprano

Owen Pallett – Polaris Prize-winning violinist and composer

Jon Kimura Parker Award-winning pianist; faculty at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University; Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Richard Reed Parry – Guitarist and composer, member of Grammy/Juno Award-winning Arcade Fire

Ryan Peake – Guitarist, member of Grammy and Juno Award-winning band Nickelback

Oscar Peterson – Grammy and Juno Award-winning pianist and composer, Companion of the Order of Canada

Adrianne Pieczonka – Juno Award-nominated opera singer, Officer of the Order of Canada

Gordon Pinsent – Actor; Companion of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Sarah Polley – Academy Award-nominated and Genie/Gemini Award-winning actress, writer, and director

Eric Radford – World champion pairs figure skater

The Hon. Bob Rae – Former Premier of Ontario

Ryan Reynolds – Film actor

Gary Rideout – Tenor

Doug Riley – Composer and pianist, AKA Dr. Music

R. Murray Schafer –Composer and Educator; recipient of Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement; faculty member and Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory

Paul Shaffer – Musician, actor, and composer, former Musical Director for Late Night With David Letterman, Member of the Order of Canada

Barry Shiffman – Director of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists

Sarah Slean – Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter

St. Lawrence String Quartet – Award-winning classical music ensemble

Teresa Stratas – Grammy Award-winning opera singer, Officer of the Order of Canada

George Stroumboulopoulos – Gemini Award-winning broadcaster

Dr. Terry Tam – Attending ER physician at Saanich Peninsula Hospital; Concertmaster of Victoria Symphony

Tegan and Sara – Juno Award-winning singers and songwriters

Veronica Tennant – Producer, director, filmmaker and former Prima Ballerina, National Ballet of Canada

Shania Twain – Award-winning singer-songwriter, Officer of the Order of Canada

Jon Vickers – Renowned opera singer, Companion of the Order of Canada

Andrew Wan – Concertmaster, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Dianne Werner – Pianist, Member of Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble

Monica Whicher – Soprano

Dr. Marta Witer – Doctor of Optometry, past president of the Vision Institute of Canada

Wesley Williams – Juno Award-winning musician and actor, AKA Maestro Fresh Wes

Dr. Samuel Wong – Eye surgeon, condoctor of more than 35 performances with New York Philharmonic