Victor Kolstee Award

In memory of Victor Kolstee ~ A life passionately lived

The Victor Kolstee Award was created to honour the memory of our beloved Musical Director Victor Kolstee and his vast contributions to the flamenco art form. Throughout his life, he spread his love and passion for flamenco and was a key player in developing Canada’s appreciation for flamenco dance and music.

Flamenco Rosario wants to ensure the ongoing encouragement of flamenco musicians in Canada and has created a biennial award for  Canadian flamenco musicians to pursue their professional development.

2024 Awardee

Flamenco Rosario extends our heartfelt congratulations to Iminah Kani, a talented emerging artist.

photo Fiona Samson

The jurors noted that she has an excellent grasp on what steps she needs to undertake to propel her flamenco musical interpretation and technique to a new level of professionalism and depth. She clearly identified the individuals that she believes will inspire and guide her next artistic stage and outlined a plan of study and work that can enable her to achieve her goals. Her intended musical journey is an ideal fit to the spirit and intent of this award.

The official bestowal of the Inaugural Victor Kolstee Award will take place during the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2024. We hope you can join us!

2024 call for applications...

The Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society encourages emerging (minimum two years experience) and mid-career Canadian flamenco artists to apply.

The call for the inaugural Victor Kolstee Award is CLOSED

Award = $5,000 

To apply, please email the following to with the subject line “Victor Kolstee Award Application 2024”. Please also include:

—A letter explaining your intentions in applying for the award, and why you believe you are a good candidate. Include where you are based in Canada. 
—Project description. 
—Curriculum Vitae.
—A 3-5 minute video/audio of your musical performance.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact if you have questions about the award.

Submission Deadline: March 29
Awardee Announcement: May 15 

The Victor Kolstee Award is supported by The Victor & Rosario Kolstee Fund, administered by the Vancouver Foundation. Donations to the fund will help to secure the success of flamenco arts and will continue the legacy of Victor for generations of flamenco musicians to come. The fund also receives match funding through Canada Cultural Endowment Initiatives.