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Philippe Leroux awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2015 for Contemporary Music the Académie Charles Cros in France.
Professor Leroux was awarded this prize for his work Quid sit musicus ?, recorded by Solistes XXI under the direction of Rachid Safir. The Grand Prix du Disque et du DVD given out by the Académie Charles Cros recognize outstanding achievements in recorded music and musical scholarship. Prizes are awarded in the field of popular song, classical music, jazz, and other categories of recorded music, as well as for outstanding books of musicology.
Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza's head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year. De Souza, who studied music at McGill University, has been on its teaching staff since 2011. He was still a teenager when he was named conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal in 2008. Read the full article in the sidebar link, from the Toronto Star.
(article from the Ottawa Gazette) During his 55 years, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has repeatedly embraced change headlong. In his 20s, the Paris-born Pilc worked as an engineer, although jazz was his after-hours passion. At 27, the self-taught pianist, who says he fell in love with jazz at the age of eight, switched to making music full-time and was playing with France’s finest jazz artists.
(This article, written by Arthur Kaptainis, appeared in the Montreal Gazette on November 5) The question arises before, and indeed during, any Viennese-themed concert of the type given Sunday afternoon by the OSM: To schlepp or not to schlepp?
McGill vies for Canadian music school supremacy Thanks to general government and philanthropic support, music education gets priority at Schulich School. By: William Littler Music Columnist, Published on Sat Nov 07 2015 MONTREAL—Canada’s finest music school? First a confession. I happen to teach at one of the candidates, the Royal Conservatory of Music, home to Toronto’s beloved Koerner Hall and neighbour to another candidate, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, home to the country’s pre-eminent music library.
Bruno Roy, a second year Masters student of Ben Heppner, has placed third at the Canadian Opera Company's annual voice competition COC Centre Stage. The competition showcases the next generation of opera stars selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio—Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. The competition features the young singers vying for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000.
Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz [Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University] — the cellist who helped to start a trend by performing in places like an East Village punk club and a pizzeria in Jackson, Miss. — playing Bach.
Joshua Peters, violin, has been named this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Competition, following an exciting public recital competition held on Sunday October 25th in Tanna Schulich Hall.
Since graduating the Schulich School of Music in 2011, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has received a constant stream of accolades. Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea in 2014, Richard-Hamelin’s latest distinction comes from the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.
As if Montreal were not already punching above its weight when it comes to large-ensemble jazz, John Hollenbeck has moved to town. The renowned U.S. composer, bandleader and drummer/percussionist began teaching at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music last month, although he splits his time between New York, Berlin, where he also teaches, and Montreal. Hollenbeck, 47, is a huge catch for McGill, given his acclaimed work in jazz and new music. (full article in sidebar) The Ottawa Citizen
Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, placed third in the final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. Because of the diversity and the importance of historic and modern instruments on which the competitors perform, this current competition is of world-wide importance to organists.
Organ student Chelsea Barton, a Schulich School of Music organ student of Professors Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, will compete in the final round of the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition, which is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. Because of the diversity and the importance of historic and modern instruments on which the competitors perform, this current competition is of world-wide importance to organists.
Versatility and virtuosity will be the hallmarks of the McGill Symphony Orchestra (MGSO)'s debut at Toronto's famed Koerner Hall on November 17, 2015. The first Canadian student orchestra to perform in New York's historic Carnegie Hall, the MGSO has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic student orchestras in all of Canada. The Koerner Hall concert celebrates the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Schulich School of Music, and the concert is presented in partnership with the McGill Alumni Association.
Schulich composer John Rea's works will be featured throughout the 2015-2016 season in performances by the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, the SMCQ and many others, as he is this year's featured Quebec composer in the SMCQ's Hommage series. In January, the Schulich School of Music will host three days of activities and conferences about his life and works as part of the celebrations. Read more about the Hommage series.
In September 2015 five new faculty members joined the teaching body of the Schulich School of Music. Adding to the current 62 full-time tenure-stream professors, 29 part-time professors and 135 instructors currently teaching at the school are Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting, Richard Stoelzel, Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Chair of the Brass Area, Jean-Michel Pilc, Associate Professor of Jazz (piano), John Hollenbeck, Associate Professor of Jazz (drums and composition) and Steph