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New York Times review of Schulich School of Music's Professor Dr. Jacqueline Leclair with Ensemble Signal
Article review of Schulich School of Music's Dr. Jacqueline Leclair, Woodwind Area Chair, performing with Ensemble Signal. Read more
The violinist Andrew Dawes, (who held the inaugural Catherine Thornhill Steel Chair from September 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007) has been awarded a Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement award. Dawes will receive the award, and a cash prize of $25,000 in a ceremony to be held May 31, 2013 in Ottawa.
Two winning groups emerged from the McGill Chamber Music Competition held Tuesday, April 16 in Tanna Schulich Hall. The jury consisted of Profs. Fewer, Haimovitz, Hashimoto and Kestenberg, and the event was chaired by Prof. McNabney. Members of the jury remarked on the dedication, excellence and general enthusiasm that all participants demonstrated. Prizes were for two international exchange trips and were awarded as follows: An exchange visit with the Royal Conservatory of the Hague Dakota Martin, flute
Diego Espinosa Cruz Gonzalez (DMus, Percussion) and José Luís Aguirre Galindo (MMus, Sound Recording) have won $10,000 for the realization of a collaborative recording project involving the innovative artistic use of music technology.
Jean-Willy Kunz studied piano and organ at the Conservatory in Grenoble and continued at the Conservatory in Lyon. He studied jazz piano at the Conservatory in Lyon and founded a saxophone and organ duo with Frédéric Lagoutte. He then studied organ and harpsichord with Mireille Lagacé at the Conservatoire de Montréal and completed his doctorate in organ in 2011 at McGill University with John Grew. That year he also won third prize and the Richard-Bradshaw audience prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal.
McGill grad Leonard Cohen gets 3 Juno nominations, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year; Elizabeth Shepherd (Vocal Jazz Album); Joel Miller (Contemporary Jazz Album); Jennifer Gasoi (Children's Album); Old Man Luedecke (Roots & Traditional Album); Dragonette's Dan Kurtz (Dance Recording); Jazz Album category, scoring 3 of 5 nominations: François Houle, Joel Miller & Rafael Zaldivar; Juno for Music DVD of the Year: McGill grads (and brothers) Pierre and François Lamoureux for Pat Metheny's The Orchestrion Project; Nominated for a Juno for Instrumental Album o
GRAMMY WINNERS Schulich music prof (& grad) Richard King wins a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical, for The Goat Rodeo Sessions! Schulich adjunct prof Steven Epstein also a Grammy winner. McGill adjunct professor Steven Epstein is producer of Grammy winning Once: A New Musical (Best Musical Theatre Album).
Schulich professors and alumni received several awards at the 16th Opus Prize Gala, which celebrates excellence in music in Quebec, held on Sunday January 27th at Montreal's Salle Bourgie. Congratulations to Philippe Sly, Michael McMahon, Denys Bouliane, John Rea, Remi Bolduc and Peter Schubert.
A new wave of young musicians is promoting the pipe organ—no hymns, no religious baggage… McGill University’s organ department recently received a boost with the arrival of new department chairman Hans-Olå Ericsson, a famed professor from Sweden. Ericsson’s avant-garde organ music was included in the soundtrack of the Leonardo DiCaprio film Shutter Island, but that isn’t his claim to fame. He is the project leader for the creation of a symphonic invention, the Studio Acusticum organ, built for a new concert hall in Piteå, Sweden.
The Schulich School of Music has talented graduates and talented professors. Richard King is up for his 10, 11 and 12th Grammy Award. Christine Long reports.