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National Bank contributes $150,000 to the Montreal International Musical Competition

Montreal, 9 June 2004 -

National Bank is proud to be associated with the 2004 Piano edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition, contributing an amount of $150,000. During the closing Gala Concert on Friday, June 4, 2004, Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Canada, presented the Third Grand Prize to Daria Rabotkina from Russia.

This is the second straight year that the Bank has supported the competition, presented by Jeunesses Musicales of Canada in partnership with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Culture both enriches and reflects our society. That is why National Bank is proud to encourage Canada's up-and-coming artists and promote the dissemination of culture by, in this case, supporting Canada's young musicians.

Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has a dual mission: to promote the performance of classical music, especially for young audiences, and to help young professional instrumentalists, singers and composers develop their careers at the national and international levels.

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Caption:
Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Canada (left), presents the Third Grand Prize of the Montreal International Musical Competition, 2004 Piano edition, to Daria Rabotkina of Russia (centre), in the company of André Bourbeau, President of the Montreal International Musical Competition and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec (right).

Striving to be a good corporate citizen is a priority for National Bank. Each year, the National Bank gives close to $10 million in donations and sponsorships to many organizations working primarily in the areas of education, culture, health and community life.

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