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Blog post by Chris Maskell As Opera McGill’s landmark 60th season continues into the New Year, the momentum of its programming isn’t letting up. With major events on the horizon such as next weekend’s production of Die Fledermaus at the Monument-National and the subsequent Opera B!nge festival, both Schulich students and faculty alike have busy schedules.
In this piece, George Ensescu festival organizer Ilya Poletaev discusses his passion for the music of the composer and his motivations for organizing this first festival dedicated to his music with Schulich graduate student Chris Maskell. In the world of music, it’s an unfortunate reality that brilliant artists can go overlooked. Luckily, these same musicians are often championed by those who love their work, and in the case of the late Romanian composer George Enescu, his voice in Montreal is Schulich piano professor Ilya Poletaev.
Jazz musicians paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with a concert based on his speeches and words. The concert at McGill University used speeches by the civil rights leader as an auditory backdrop to the instrumental pieces. Link to CTV News item in sidebar.
Schulich School of Music jazz professor and grammy-nominated composer John Hollenbeck marks Martin Luther King Day with unique performance. (Full CBC article in sidebar link)
Blog post by Chris Maskell In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Prof. John Hollenbeck will be presenting his work “The Drum Major Instinct” in Tanna Schulich Hall on January 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. In advance of this concert, Schulich graduate student Chris Maskell spoke to Hollenbeck about the piece’s inspiration and development.
The Schulich School of Music at McGill University is now one of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy’s collaborating organizations, joining founding participants The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. This unique program returns for its fourth year of three-week intensive training beginning on January 8, 2017.
Madeline Weber, student of Professor Marina Mdivani is the recipient of the $4,000 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2016/17. A graduate of Elmira District Secondary School in 2014, she is in the second year of the piano performance program in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She has participated in Piano Tuesday recitals, Class Concerts, piano trio concerts and other public performances including a concert for McGill’s Open House with the Concert Choir that she accompanies, under the direction of Jean-Sébastien Vallée.
Zi Hua Tan, a Doctoral composition student of Prof. John Rea has been named a finalist for the 2017 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Out of 115 entries from 36 countries, Zi Hua Tan’s composition, …at the still point… was chosen to be among the four finalists of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2017.
Finalists for the Conseil québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last Friday, and once again 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 Sunday, February 5, 2017. Artists nominated with a Schulich connection are listed here. Concert de l’année – Montréal
The Annual Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition took place Tuesday, December 6, in Tanna Schulich Hall. Two groups were declared winners and will travel to Europe for exchange visits to conservatories. The winner of the Exchange visit to the Mozarteum, Salzburg was the Milton String Quartet, with members Roman Fraser, violin, Maïthéna Girault, violin, Evan Robinson, viola and Joshua Morris, cello.
Last month, seven Rice University students traveled from Houston to Montréal to expand Rice’s Gateway Study of Leadership research program at McGill University. Much of the time spent at McGill was at the Schulich School of Music, where the students met with Interim Dean Julie Cumming, Prof. Simon Aldrich, Director of the Music Entrepreneurship Program, Doctoral student Suzu Enns and several other faculty members including Ichiro Fujinaga and Lloyd Whitesell.
Artist Diploma Piano Student Alex Soloway has been announced as the winner of this year's Classical Concerto Competition. He is a student of Prof. Ilya Poletaev and was also a winner in 2014 of the McGill Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Aeolus Trio. Soloway has already performed in Canada, Europe, and the United States, including concerts at the Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.
(Review by Peter Dobrin) How long will it be before the pianist hits that last note? You might have held your breath, as I did, waiting for Ilya Poletaev to strike the final note of the Bach "Sarabande" encore Wednesday night at the end of his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut at the American Philosophical Society.