Percussionist David Therrien Brongo (current DMus) wins at the Prix d’Europe 2021.
The 109th edition of the prestigious Concours Prix d’Europe took place June 6 – 11, 2021 at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal, bringing together top musical talent. The jury was comprised of renowned artists soprano Marie-Danielle Parent (Prix d’Europe 1980), cellist Carole Sirois, musicologist and oboist Michel Duchesneau, pianist Michel Franck (Prix d’Europe 1977), and orchestral and choral conductor Louis Lavigueur, C.Q..
Current Schulich doctoral student David Therrien Brongo was lauded not only for the best interpretation of a Quebec work, bringing home the Prix du Centre de musique canadienne au Québec, but also the Fourth Prize, the Prix Guy Soucie.
Since 1911, the Académie de musique du Québec has held an annual competition for a scholarship, the Prix d'Europe, as well as many other scholarships totalling over $50,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage young musicians to develop their art and to allow the winner of the Prix d'Europe to pursue his or her studies outside Quebec.
Multi-percussionist based in Montreal, David Therrien Brongo has a career as a performer, educator and researcher. He is principal percussionist of Ensemble Paramirabo and principal timpanist-percussionist of Orchestre de l'Agora as well as co-artistic director of Duo AIRS. David Brongo regularly performs with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Sixtrum and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM +). Active on the international scene, David has performed in England, Denmark, Spain, Mexico, France and across Canada.