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.
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)