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Guitarist Steven Cowan is the First Prize Winner at the 2015 Guitare Montréal International Festival and Competition. This competition is held annually at Concordia and attracts guitarists from many different countries. The 1st place winner receives a cash prize, a free video shooting, as well as concert engagements at the 2016 Guitare Montréal Festival, and in Ontario through the Guitar Society of Toronto.
McGill alumna Elizabeth A. Wirth, BA’64, has made a landmark gift of $7.5 million to enhance student-related programs at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In recognition of her exceptional generosity for this and previous gifts, McGill is naming the New Music Building on Sherbrooke St. in her honour. The announcements of the gift and the renaming of the building were made earlier this evening at a special event at McGill celebrating philanthropy and showcasing the impact that private support is having on the Schulich School of Music and its students.
Professor Philippe Leroux has been awarded the 2015 Prix de composition musicale de la Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca, for the composition of an original short work for orchestra. The work will be premiered later this year at the Institut de France. Since 1995, the Simone et Cino Del Duca Foundation has honoured French painters, sculptors and composers for their work in the Fine Arts.
L’École de musique Schulich de l’Université McGill s’apprête à honorer l’un de ses outils les plus performants. C’est le 10 avril 1975 qu’a été inaugurée la salle Pollack. Avec ses 600 places, elle a rendu de fiers services à la musique à Montréal.
Just published by Editions Vrin in Paris, "Perception et cognition de la musique: Les conférences Alphonse Dupront" presents the 4 Distinguished Lectures delivered by Prof. McAdams during his tenure in the Chaire Alphonse Dupront in musicology at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) in Mayn2008 and in the "Bilan et tendances des musicologies" series a the Université de Montréal in 2009.
Composée de 1946 à 1948, la Turangalîla-Symphonie est une oeuvre monumentale d'Olivier Messiaen. Assurément, son interprétation représente une tâche colossale pour un orchestre symphonique universitaire. Et cette tâche a été dignement accomplie par celui de McGill à la Maison symphonique.
La fin de l’année universitaire approche, tout comme la fin de la saison de concerts de l’École de musique Schulich. Ne manquez pas les prochains concerts du secteur jazz : Le jeudi 26 mars, à 17 h 30, Rémi Bolduc, directeur du secteur jazz à McGill et considéré comme l’un des meilleurs saxophonistes de jazz au Canada, présentera des extraits de son dernier disque, un hommage au pianiste et compositeur américain Dave Brubeck. Le concert est présenté dans le cadre de la série « Jazz à l’heure de pointe » de l’École de musique Schulich.
Generously funded by the Dean, this competition celebrates excellence in the art of writing about music in the different genres in which it unfolds. Papers in each genre are judged on the basis of the criteria that distinguish each as the “best of its kind.” When comparing across genres the panel emphasized the quality and presentation of ideas, with special emphasis this year on the originality of methodological approaches and contribution to the discipline. The papers are judged by an inter-disciplinary panel.
Le jeune baryton-basse canadien Philippe Sly fait ses débuts scéniques en Europe à Paris, sur la scène de l'Opéra Comique, dans Au Monde. Nous le rencontrons pendant les répétitions de l'opéra de Philippe Boesmans pour recueillir ses impressions, parler de sa voix, de ses expériences déjà riches et multiples et de son implication entière dans la musique et le chant. Lisez l'entrevue ici.
As part of the Montréal en Lumière Winter Festival, internationally renowned pianist Dénes Várjon was invited to perform a solo recital at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. Currently a professor at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Várjon’s program was fit for a conservatory, a sort of chronological overview of the literature with Classical and Romantic standards, a piece from the warhorse cabinet and a touch of modernist flare. The evening was a display of varying styles and challenges that demonstrated Várjon’s adaptability and dexterity.
Geoffrey Conquer, student of Marina Mdivani and Zhenni Li, student of Stéphane Lemelin, were declared joint winners of the Schulich Concerto Competition, piano. Conquer, who performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor and Li who performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, will both play with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in the 2015-2016 season.
The String Area Winner of the McGill concerto competition is violist Marina Thibault, a student of André Roy. In the competition she performed the Schnittke Viola Concerto. The other finalists were Veronika Cherniak, student of Andrew Wan; Elizabeth Skinner, student of Axel Strauss; Maïthéna Thibault, student of Andrew Wan. Congratulations to all who participated.
The Schulich School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of internationally-renowned violist Steven Dann as Catherine Thornhill Steele Chair in Viola starting September 2015, for a period of three years. Steven Dann's career has covered a wealth of violistic possibilities. As principal viola of some of the world's leading orchestras, as a veteran of the string quartet and chamber music world, as soloist and recitalist and as a dedicated teacher.
The Composition Area of the Schulich School of Music is pleased to announce that one of its former students, Thierry Tidrow (BMus, Honours Composition and Major Music Theory, 2009) is the recipient of the 2014 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. During his bachelor's program, Mr. Tidrow studied composition with Professors Christoph Neidhöfer and Brian Cherney. An interview with Thierry Tidrow about his winning work may be found on the website of the Canada Council for the Arts (see sidebar)
Professor Richard King received two Grammy awards this past weekend in the categories of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album ("Bass & Mandolin" Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer) and Best Orchestral Performance (John Adams: "City Noir" David Robertson, conductor, St. Louis Symphony) both on the Nonesuch label. With these two latest awards, Prof. King now has a total of 14 Grammy awards.