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Schulich student top prize winner at le Prix d’Europe 2011 Charles Richard-Hamelin, B.Mus. student of Prof. Sara Laimon, was the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2011 Prix d’Europe. He also collected the $5,000 TD Bank Award for being the top ranked pianist in the keyboard category.
Other Schulich 2011 Prix d’Europe winners include percussionist Isabelle Tardiff, violinist Victor Fournelle-Blain, trumpeter Andreas Stoltzfus, violinist Carissa Klopoushak, pianist Gaspard Tanguay-Labrosse, and soprano Janna Miller.
After his performance of Colline in Opera McGill production of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini last January, Gordon Bintner will perform the role again with Angers-Nantes Opera, in Angers in April and in Nantes in May 2012.
FRAICHEMENT DIPLOMÉE DE McGILL, ELLE A DES ENGAGEMENTS EN FRANCE ET AUX ÉTATS-UNIS JUSQU'EN 2013. Il y a des choses qui se sentent. Par exemple, qu'une certaine Marie-Eve Munger, 30 ans, ravissante brune originaire du pays des bleuets, pourrait être un de ces jours prochains une vedette du monde de l'opéra. Le chemin parcouru en deux ou trois ans de vie professionnelle est déjà impressionnant.
Charles Richard-Hamelin, 21-year old Montrealer on scholarship at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, has won First Prize at the 2011 TSO National Piano Competition. In addition to an $8,000 cash prize, Hamelin will perform a concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall.
Congratulations to students of Stefano Algieri, who took the top two prizes at the Clermont-Pépin festival held last weekend. First prize went to tenor Tonatiuh Abrego, and second prize was awarded to bass Jaakob Palasvirta.
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (PhD candidate, musicology) was the recipient the Mark Tucker Award for best student paper at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music for her paper titled, “The Hip-Hop Dalai Lama vs. an American Girl: Soundscapes, Ideology, and American Identity in the 2008 Democratic Primary.”
Presented at the concert Sunday in the opera , the grand finale of the 27th Contest OSTR - vocals were capped by Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone. Catherine Bergeron, soprano, and Christianne Belanger, mezzo-soprano, have respectively won the second and third prizes.
Eric Smialek - First Prize (Breathing Fire: A Spectographic analysis of Extreme Metal Vocal Timbres.) Guillaume Laroche - Second Prize (Striking Similarities: Towards a Quantitative Measure of Melodic Copyright Infringement.) Stephen Rogers - Honorable Mention (Which East?: Multiplicity in Mauricio Kagel’s Osten and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.)
On Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24 the Montreal Symphony, conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring cello soloist and fellow professor Matt Haimovittz, will premiere Bouliane's work Vols et vertiges du Gamache. The second premiere features his work Kahseta's tekeni-ahsen. Written to celebrate the Orchestre Métropolitain's 30th birthday, it can be heard at Place des Arts on April 13 - 17.
When Matt Haimovitz and Uccello take the stage, they sometimes work their cellos more like guitars, or drums, or or any other instrument that might be chucked across the room in a fit of rock-rage musical passion. "I'd been wanting to play South by Southwest for a long time," said Haimovitz, a professor at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal.
Eight promising young singers, chosen from nearly 1,500 who entered district and regional competitions, got a chance to perform from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoon. Philippe Sly, 22-year-old singer from Ottawa was one of five winners of the prestigious annual competition for singers between the ages of 20 and 30. Sly sang arias by Handel and Wagner during Sunday’s concert.
In an article entitled 'Ottawa singer makes finals of Met competition', the Ottawa Citizen reports on Philippe Sly's placement as a finalist in the Met's National Council Auditions. Finals will be held on March 13, 2011.