Music in the News news
On Feb. 7, Chelsea Rus was named the winner of the inaugural Wirth Vocal Prize. According to the Schulich School of Music’s website, the $25,000 prize is given to “an exceptional voice student… in recognition of outstanding accomplishment as a singer and significant promise for an international career.” Pretty heady stuff for any young singer – but especially so for Rus, who had never even heard an opera until her first year of college in 2009 back home in Abbotsford, B.C.
If, as Mark Twain said here in 1881, you can’t throw a brick in Montreal without breaking a church window, it must be equally true that you can’t go very far in this once very religious city without stumbling across a pipe organ. And often a damned good one.
Cellist Elinor Frey, an alumni of the Schulich School of Music, has won the early-music recording of the year award for her disc Berlin Sonatas on the Passacaille label. Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments.
Professor Emeritus John Grew, former Dean of Music, will be invested into the Order of Canada on Friday, February 12th 2016 in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The ceremony, which begins at 10:30am EST, will be webcast live from the Governor General of Canada's website. A webcast link will be available on their homepage before 10:30am on Friday.
Rémi Bolduc, Chair of the Jazz Department at the Schulich School of Music, was awarded an Opus Prize in a ceremony held Sunday, February 7 at the Salle Bourgie. His concert performance of "L'Hommage à Dave Brubeck" featured performances by Schulich School of Music jazz students Andrew Boudreau, Mathieu McConnell-Enright and Louis-Vincent Hamel. Bolduc says "Having this opportunity to give a concert with some of my students from the Schulich School of Music is an inspiration for me and also for them.
British Columbian soprano Chelsea Rus was named the winner of the 2016 Wirth Vocal Prize in the inaugural edition of the competition held Sunday, February 7 in Tanna Schulich Hall. Ms. Rus performed a program that included works by Puccini, Massenet, and Strauss. She is a master's student in the studio of Joanne Kolomyjec.
The nominees for the 2016 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference in Toronto yesterday morning. Schulich alumni and faculty who are up for awards including: INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR Legacy Live Jens Lindeman, BMus'88 (Independent)
Discover five Quebec universities and their diversified training programs in Maîtres en musique, a series of 60 minute broadcasts filmed last season with Canal Savoir. The Schulich School of Music, along with University of Montreal, University of Sherbrooke, Laval University and University of Quebec at Montreal each participated with Canal Savoir.
The winners of the 2015-2016 Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition have been announced. Exchange visit to the Mozarteum, Saltzburg: Elizabeth Skinner, violin; Jaewon Ahn, cello; Meagan Milatz, piano Exchange visit to a European ConNext Conservatory: Eric Abramovitz, clarinet; Roman Fraser, violin; Jeremy Ho, piano.
Finalists for the Conseil Québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last week, and there are many nominated who are Schulich alumni and/or faculty. The Prix Opus were established in 1996 to highlight the excellence and diversity of Québec's musical offering, and are awarded in many different categories. The winners will be announced in a Gala event to be held on February 7, 2016. Artists with a Schulich connection are highlighted in bold.
William Caplin and Philippe Leroux were inducted as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada on November 26th, 2015. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC): The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada was established under an Act of Parliament in 1883 as Canada’s National Academy, the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country. The primary objective of the Society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.
The winner of the prestigious 2015 Fernand Lindsay Award is recorder player and Schulich graduate Vincent Lauzer, BMus'10, MMus'12. Worth $50,000, this award is a springboard to an international career for this extremely talented young musician. Watch a video of Vincent Lauzer performing here. The complete press release is found in the sidebar link.
Arthur Kaptainis, music critic at the National Post, attended the McGill Symphony Orchestra's concert on November 17th in Toronto's Koerner Hall. Here is the text in his article that refers to the McGIll Symphony Orchestra. The full review can be found in the sidebar link.
On Sunday, November 22, Zhenni Li, a second year Doctoral piano student of Stéphane Lemelin won the McGill Classical Concerto Competition. She will perform with the McGill Symphony Orchestra on January 22 and 23, 2016 in Redpath Hall.