Music in the News news
British Columbian soprano Chelsea Rus was named the winner of the 2016 Wirth Vocal Prize in the inaugural edition of the competition held Sunday, February 7 in Tanna Schulich Hall. Ms. Rus performed a program that included works by Puccini, Massenet, and Strauss. She is a master's student in the studio of Joanne Kolomyjec.
The nominees for the 2016 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference in Toronto yesterday morning. Schulich alumni and faculty who are up for awards including: INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR Legacy Live Jens Lindeman, BMus'88 (Independent)
Discover five Quebec universities and their diversified training programs in Maîtres en musique, a series of 60 minute broadcasts filmed last season with Canal Savoir. The Schulich School of Music, along with University of Montreal, University of Sherbrooke, Laval University and University of Quebec at Montreal each participated with Canal Savoir.
The winners of the 2015-2016 Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition have been announced. Exchange visit to the Mozarteum, Saltzburg: Elizabeth Skinner, violin; Jaewon Ahn, cello; Meagan Milatz, piano Exchange visit to a European ConNext Conservatory: Eric Abramovitz, clarinet; Roman Fraser, violin; Jeremy Ho, piano.
Finalists for the Conseil Québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last week, and there are many nominated who are Schulich alumni and/or faculty. The Prix Opus were established in 1996 to highlight the excellence and diversity of Québec's musical offering, and are awarded in many different categories. The winners will be announced in a Gala event to be held on February 7, 2016. Artists with a Schulich connection are highlighted in bold.
William Caplin and Philippe Leroux were inducted as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada on November 26th, 2015. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC): The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada was established under an Act of Parliament in 1883 as Canada’s National Academy, the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country. The primary objective of the Society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.
The winner of the prestigious 2015 Fernand Lindsay Award is recorder player and Schulich graduate Vincent Lauzer, BMus'10, MMus'12. Worth $50,000, this award is a springboard to an international career for this extremely talented young musician. Watch a video of Vincent Lauzer performing here. The complete press release is found in the sidebar link.
Arthur Kaptainis, music critic at the National Post, attended the McGill Symphony Orchestra's concert on November 17th in Toronto's Koerner Hall. Here is the text in his article that refers to the McGIll Symphony Orchestra. The full review can be found in the sidebar link.
On Sunday, November 22, Zhenni Li, a second year Doctoral piano student of Stéphane Lemelin won the McGill Classical Concerto Competition. She will perform with the McGill Symphony Orchestra on January 22 and 23, 2016 in Redpath Hall.
Philippe Leroux awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2015 for Contemporary Music the Académie Charles Cros in France.
Professor Leroux was awarded this prize for his work Quid sit musicus ?, recorded by Solistes XXI under the direction of Rachid Safir. The Grand Prix du Disque et du DVD given out by the Académie Charles Cros recognize outstanding achievements in recorded music and musical scholarship. Prizes are awarded in the field of popular song, classical music, jazz, and other categories of recorded music, as well as for outstanding books of musicology.
Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza's head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year. De Souza, who studied music at McGill University, has been on its teaching staff since 2011. He was still a teenager when he was named conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal in 2008. Read the full article in the sidebar link, from the Toronto Star.
(article from the Ottawa Gazette) During his 55 years, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has repeatedly embraced change headlong. In his 20s, the Paris-born Pilc worked as an engineer, although jazz was his after-hours passion. At 27, the self-taught pianist, who says he fell in love with jazz at the age of eight, switched to making music full-time and was playing with France’s finest jazz artists.
(This article, written by Arthur Kaptainis, appeared in the Montreal Gazette on November 5) The question arises before, and indeed during, any Viennese-themed concert of the type given Sunday afternoon by the OSM: To schlepp or not to schlepp?
McGill vies for Canadian music school supremacy Thanks to general government and philanthropic support, music education gets priority at Schulich School. By: William Littler Music Columnist, Published on Sat Nov 07 2015 MONTREAL—Canada’s finest music school? First a confession. I happen to teach at one of the candidates, the Royal Conservatory of Music, home to Toronto’s beloved Koerner Hall and neighbour to another candidate, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, home to the country’s pre-eminent music library.
Bruno Roy, a second year Masters student of Ben Heppner, has placed third at the Canadian Opera Company's annual voice competition COC Centre Stage. The competition showcases the next generation of opera stars selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio—Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. The competition features the young singers vying for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000.