Salma Khakimov


Salma Khakimov (she/her) is an aspiring young musician who shows equal love and interest towards both the piano and the violin. She has received multiple awards at provincial and national competitions since age five.

In 2021, Salma participated in the Orchestre Métropolitain OMNI Competition and won the Yannick Nézet–Séguin Prize with a $2000 scholarship. She also won the first prize at the Ontario Music Festivals Association (OMFA) provincials for grade 10. Throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, Salma and her brother Karim organized a series of online concerts and charity events that were live-streamed to friends and music lovers worldwide. One event raised over $1000 for a children’s charity. In 2022, Salma became a semi-finalist in the International Classicalia competition in Vienna, Austria. That year, she was also the North York and Taylor Academy concerto competition winner and was awarded 3rd place in the CMC National Finals in Quebec City. Salma regularly performs at recitals, outreach concerts, and local retirement homes.

In 2019, Salma was accepted to the Phil and Eli Taylor Music Academy for Young Artists, where she now studies violin with Marie Bérard, concertmaster at Canadian Opera Company, with full scholarship tuition.

While Salma envisions that classical music will be weaved into her true professional life, her interests include dancing, reading, painting, and photography, and she constantly works on expanding her intellectual and spiritual horizons.