Congrats to soprano Brittany Rae (Grad Dip ’18) and pianist Jesse Plessis (Current DMus) for winning this year’s Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. The duo performed works by Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Gordon Fitzell, Ana Sokolovic, and Claude Vivier.
On her recent win Brittany wrote:
“I am ecstatic that Jesse and I have been awarded 1st place for the 43rd edition of the E-Gré Competition! I feel so passionate about this competition and what it means for the representation of Canadian and contemporary music. I am so thankful to E-Gré for providing such an important platform for young artists and for fearlessly embracing this new digital format to keep this opportunity alive! Jesse and I can't wait to further explore this format as we embark on the digital Winner’s National Tour! I would also like to extend a huge bravo and congratulations to my fellow finalists who offered such inspiring and exceptional performances!”
The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music was created in memoriam of composer, pianist, and violinist S.C. (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté, who spent the last twenty-one years of her life in Manitoba. It fulfills her lifelong dream of creating a means by which the music of contemporary composers could make its presence felt by young musicians on the threshold of their careers. The E-Gré National Music Competition has been held annually since 1976 at Brandon University.
Watch the competition and learn more about the prize on CBC.ca.