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About Martha de Francisco Martha de Francisco is an artist, but an artist whose work is to make the work of other artists sound great. Lend us an ear for a moment… This classically trained pianist was born in Mexico to a Colombian family. Educated in Germany she has dedicated her professional life to becoming one of the world’s top recording engineer-producers for classical music. Quite an accomplishment, considering that music recording is an almost entirely male-dominated industry – only 5 % are women.
Alumna Amelia Lyon won the audition for the Principal Flute Chair in Kingston Ontario. Amelia will replace Donelda Gartshore, one of Carolyn Christie's former teachers. Amelia studied at McGill with Denis Bluteau and Carolyn Christie and is an alumna of the NYO. Born to music-loving parents in Ottawa, Ontario in 1985, Amelia has been playing the flute since the age of nine. In high school, she was an active member of the orchestra and the wind ensembles, as well as founding and participating in smaller chamber groups with other students.
Next season, two of Schulich's finest piano students and each a winner of the McGill Concerto Competition, will perform recitals in partnership with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and with La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur. Dates will be announced at the start of the fall season.
Guitarist Steven Cowan is the First Prize Winner at the 2015 Guitare Montréal International Festival and Competition. This competition is held annually at Concordia and attracts guitarists from many different countries. The 1st place winner receives a cash prize, a free video shooting, as well as concert engagements at the 2016 Guitare Montréal Festival, and in Ontario through the Guitar Society of Toronto.
McGill alumna Elizabeth A. Wirth, BA’64, has made a landmark gift of $7.5 million to enhance student-related programs at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In recognition of her exceptional generosity for this and previous gifts, McGill is naming the New Music Building on Sherbrooke St. in her honour. The announcements of the gift and the renaming of the building were made earlier this evening at a special event at McGill celebrating philanthropy and showcasing the impact that private support is having on the Schulich School of Music and its students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.