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Philippe Leroux wins French Académie des beaux-arts composition prize

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.

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Published on : 22 Apr 2015

Les 40 ans de loyaux services de la salle Pollack (article de Christoph Huss, Le Devoir)

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.

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Published on : 17 Apr 2015

New book in French by Prof. Stephen McAdams

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.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2015

Monumentale Turangalîla-Symphonie

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.

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Published on : 25 Mar 2015

Brubeck à l’apéro

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.

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Published on : 18 Mar 2015

Winners of the Dean's Essay Prize Announced

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.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2015

Entrevue avec Philippe Sly, baryton-basse (Tutti-magazine)

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.

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Published on : 23 Feb 2015

Review of Dénes Várjon's piano recital.

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.

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Published on : 23 Feb 2015

McGill Concerto Competition Piano Winners Announced

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. 

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Published on : 23 Feb 2015

Violist Marina Thibeault wins McGill Concerto Competition for Strings.

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.

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Published on : 17 Feb 2015

Renowned violist Steven Dann appointed to Schulich String Faculty

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.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2015

Thierry Tidrow, BMus 09 awarded Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music

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)

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Published on : 12 Feb 2015

Grammy Awards for Professor Richard King.

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. 

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Published on : 11 Feb 2015

Another great review for pianist Stéphane Lemelin's CD of Pierné and Vierne quintets.

Chair of Music Performance Stéphane Lemein has recently released a CD of piano quintets with the Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc. Read more from Le Devoir critique Christophe Huss's February 6th review in which he describes the recording  as 'intelligently programmed- a real jewel.'  (Full review in French)  Quintettes avec piano de Pierné et Vierne ATMA ACD2 2384 Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc, Stéphane Lemelin (piano).  

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Published on : 10 Feb 2015

Doctoral Student Laura Risk awarded a Prix Mnémo for her CD Musique et chanson de la Gaspésie, Douglastown

Risk produced  an archival CD for a community in the Gaspé, and the prize recognizes the remarkable docmentation or research in a field connected to dance, music, song, and traditional Francophone storytelling within the Americas.    The CD was the result of extensive research into the musical traditions of the Gaspé community.  Laura Risk and her collaborator Glen Patterson first digitized and catalogued over 70 hours of recordings and then selected the 46 tracks that are found on the recording.  The CD is accompanied by a bilingual booklet which also contains photographs.   

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Published on : 06 Feb 2015