Music in the News news
A record number of Schulich School of Music graduate students presented papers and participated in the 43rd Annual Society for American Music (SAM) Annual Conference, which was hosted by McGill University and held in Montreal from March 22-26. The Society for American Music is made up of scholars, performers, and students dedicated to the study, teaching, and creation of the musics of the Americas.
Two Schulich PhD students, Bryan Martin and Mathew Boerum, have had their company's project advance to the final round of the McGill Dobson Cup. Audible Reality develops revolutionary 3D audio imaging which captures and delivers fully-immersive, life-like sound from any source.
On March 11, 2017, Schulich doctoral piano student Zhenni Li, a student of Prof. Stéphane Lemelin, was named winner of the New York Concert Artists and Associates Worldwide Debut Audition. Selected as one of three finalists, out of 165 who applied, Zhenni Li performed the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 30 with the New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Eduard Zilberkant. Preliminary auctions were held in Los Angeles, New York, Cologne, Warsaw, Budapest and Paris.
Students of trumpet Professor Richard Stoelzel and Paul Merkelo have excelled at the International Trumpet Guild Competitions and will advance to the final competition round later this spring. Francis LaPorte, student of Richard Stoelzel, and David Koch, student of Paul Merkelo, have been named finalists in the International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Competition. Benjamin Hare, student of Richard Stoelzel, is the first alternate for the Solo Competition Finals.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) It speaks volumes that Prof. Brian Cherney’s Canadian Music Concert series grew out of a desire to share our nation’s great works with his students. While teaching his course on Canadian Music at Schulich, he came up with an idea to make the compositions in the curriculum more accessible to the class — and this has since become a well-loved yearly tradition.
(Une revue du concert d'Alexei Lubimov, par le célèbre critique Christophe Huss, Le Devoir) Le concert d'Alexei Lubimov, 72 ans, était présenté dans une série «Schulich en concert» dans le cadre de Montréal en lumière. Le voilà, le concert, qui m’a « purgé » de l’état d’hébétude dans lequel m’avait entraîné le récital d’András Schiff, vendredi dernier. C’est dire qu’il a surpassé de très loin le récital de la veille, du réputé Yefim Bronfman.
The Schulich School of Music is delighted to announce that violinist Violaine Melançon has been named Visiting Professor for the 2017-2018 season. An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, violinist Violaine Melançon serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory (www.peabody.jhu.edu), and is Visiting Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) In just a few short days, Montreal opera fans are going to get everything they could ever wish for. As part of Montréal en Lumière, Schulich’s Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival is set to present the Opera Binge Festival, which will cram a total of seven operas into the space of 24 hours.
Harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier, a Doctor of Musical Arts student of Jennifer Swartz, has won the McGill Concerto Competition. In the final round, which took place on Tuesday, February 21, Antoine gave a stunning performance of Canadian Composer R. Murray Schafer's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. He will perform with the McGill Symphony Orchestra during their 2017-18 season.
Por: Patricia Morales Betancourt (blog post in Saledepresse) El 17 de febrero del presente año se presentaron cuatro profesionales de la flauta traversa en la sala Tanna Schulich, ubicada sobre la calle 527, Sherbrooke Oeste.
The Concours d'Art lyrique de la Relève Musicale was held on February 17, 18 and 19 in Québec City. Three current students were awarded prizes: tenor Jeremy Scinocca, BMus'19 received 1st Prize, tenor Graeme Linton, B.Mus'19 and bass-baritone Reed Copeland, BMus'17 each received 3rd Prize. In addition baritone Igor Mostovoi, MMus'17 was engaged by the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg, France for their Young Artists Program for the 2017-2018 season.
(Review by Arthur Kaptainis in La Scena) As a celebration of the 60 years of Opera McGill, the Schulich School of Music late last month presented a run of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus in the Monument National. The opening was a big success, with a fresh array of voices, exquisite Art-Nouveau sets by Vincent Lefèvre and brilliant costumes by Ginette Grenier.
Nick Squire (MMus '08) has received Grammy Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance for his work as Sound Engineer on the recording of Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. The Boston Symphony Orchestra was led by conductor Andris Nelsons.
(Blog post by Chris Maskell) This year, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) marks its 50th anniversary and Schulich students will be playing a major part in the celebrations. Notably, the McGill Symphony Orchestra (MGSO) is set to perform parts of Walter Boudreau’s Berliner Momente under direction of the composer himself on the opening night of the SMCQ’s Montréal/New Musiques Festival 2017.
The winner of the 2017 Schulich School String Concerto Competition is Amy Hillis, a D.M.A. candidate in violin performance from the studio of Prof. Axel Strauss.