We are thrilled to announce that violinist Maïthéna Girault is this year's winner of the Golden Violin Award, following an exciting public competition held Sunday October 29, 2017 in Pollack Hall. Girault, accompanied by Meagan Milatz, performed the Allegro from Beethoven's Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, the Allegro Molto from Fauré's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 and finished with the virtuosic Ravel's Tzigane.
We are thrilled to announce that two of our current students have placed in the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition: Alcée Chriss in 1st place and Nicholas Capozzoli in 3rd place.
Congratuations to the Sixtrum Percussion Ensemble, who received the Montreal English Theatre Award (META) for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre for their live soundtrack to Angélique. The production also netted the award for outstanding Professional Association of Canadian Theatres production – one of the most prestigious awards of the evening.
Article provenant du Devoir.
"Après un orchestre constitué des meilleurs éléments des Conservatoires de toutes les régions rejoints par quelques glorieux diplômés (le 12 octobre à la Maison symphonique) et après l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, samedi 14 octobre, il était tentant d’aller entendre une semaine plus tard l’Orchestre symphonique de McGill.
Original article from Classical Guitar Magazine.
"Montreal is rightly known for its many beautiful historic buildings, authentic French character, ice hockey, indie-rock bands, bagels, and even its smoked meats—but much less so for its classical guitar scene. Yet, through the years this vital Canadian city has developed some amazing local guitar players and composers, attracted devoted teachers and visiting legends, and nurtured a large and enthusiastic audience with a taste for virtuosos, thus inciting more and more youngsters to pick up the instrument."
Next Wednesday, October 25, a joint choir concert will feature two generations of musicians performing music that combines new and old elements.
Excerpt from CBC Radio Ideas with Paul Kennedy.
"There's a purity to music. It takes us into its own world, far removed from frustrations and challenges of daily life. But hidden within those innocent-sounding musical flourishes, there often lies a history of passionate disagreement.
Excerpt from the Montreal Gazette.
"The OSM has unveiled a 13-member selection committee to find a replacement for Kent Nagano, who leaves as music director in 2020. McGill principal Suzanne Fortier is chairperson. Former OSM managing director Zarin Mehta is titled senior adviser, which means writers will be relieved of the need to call him an éminence grise."
Blog post by Chris Maskell. Photo by Kristan Toczko.
After winning the 2016-2017 McGill Concerto Competition and completing his Graduate Diploma in Performance at Schulich, harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier is set to appear with the McGill Symphony Orchestra next Friday and Saturday night. To learn more about the work he’ll be performing and his experiences learning music in school and more, we spoke to Malette-Chénier in a recent email exchange.
An excerpt from a McGill Reporter article.
"“It was my crazy idea,” John Grew observed at the start of a conversation about what is now the only North American-based international pipe organ competition. “In North America, we are unique.”
Excerpt from an article from the Edmonton Journal.
"Chances are you don’t think about the microphone stands used to record your favourite tunes. It’s part of Johnston’s role to make sure that you can just sit back and enjoy the music, and to train others to reach for those same high standards.
The work is all tied to a recording diploma and hopefully — subject to government approval — the first full-scale, four-year recording degree in Canada."
Paul Johnston completed a BMus in jazz and MMus in sound recording at the Schulich School of Music.
An excerpt from an Ottawa Citizen article.
"Montreal alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps ventures across the border later this week to play three Ontario concerts — Sept. 29 at the Jazz Room in Waterloo, Sept. 30 at Record Runner Rehearsal Studio in Ottawa and Oct. 1 at the Emmet Ray in Toronto.
Before Deschamps, a bracing player and composer who is 29 years old, starts logging the kilometres with his quintet, get to know him and his music through the interview below."
An excerpt from CUTE 2017: Numediart Masterclass on Culture and Technology:
An excerpt from an article by the County Weekly News: