A star-studded roster, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Gil Shaham, performed at the gala on September 27 with music director Pinchas Zukerman conducting the NAC Orchestra and performing on viola.
The total raised since the Trust was founded five years ago is C$10 million. NAC Foundation CEO Darrell Gregersen said, "In five years, these funds have transformed how the National Arts Centre reaches out to young Canadians, with performances, artistic training and classroom resources."
Richard Li's gift to the Trust is the largest one-time gift in the foundation's history. The money will be directed towards the foundation's educational activities for young Canadian artists and will also create scholarships and educational opportunities for students and young artists in China, such as facilitating their participation in the NAC's annual Summer Music Institute.