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Allyson Rogers on Eldon Rathburn's "amazing versatility" and more

Despite being one of Canada’s most prolific composers in the twentieth century, Eldon Rathburn (LMus 1937) still remains somewhat unknown. Over the course of his 75-year musical career, Rathburn churned out hundreds of remarkable film scores that provided the soundtrack for a wide variety of productions, in addition to many orchestral and chamber pieces. With such an extensive catalogue of noteworthy works, Rathburn certainly deserves a prominent place in the Canadian musical canon.

Published: 15 Jan 2019

John Rea appointed as Member of the Order of Canada

At the end of December, Governor General Julie Payette announced many new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours. Among these is Prof....

Published: 3 Jan 2019

Alumnus Francis LaPorte to perform in the London Symphony Orchestra

Before the age of 24, trumpeter Francis LaPorte (BMus 2018) will have already performed with two of the world’s biggest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM). For Francis, this is only the beginning of his life-long ambition to pursue trumpet professionally.

Published: 26 Dec 2018

Schulich Faculty and Alumni in 2018 Grammy Nominations

Presented annually, the Grammy Awards are awarded by the Recording Academy, the world's leading society of music professionals. As music's only peer-recognized distinction, the Grammy awards honour and celebrate artistic excellence across the entire music industry, and are considered one of the most prestigious achievements in the arts...

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Marika Galea: Taking the Long View

According to Deniz Ucbasaran of the Warkwick Business School, leaders of jazz ensembles have a lot to teach us about how to innovate as entrepreneurs....

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Marcel d'Entremont wins the 2018-2019 Wirth Vocal Prize

On Sunday, November 25, Pollack Hall was host to several outstanding performances as part of the final round of the Wirth Vocal Prize. At the end of the evening, tenor Marcel d'Entremont was announced as the competition’s winner, having sung an exceptional program with collaborative pianist Dakota Scott-Digout, that included works by Verdi, Duparc, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Quilter and Copland

Published: 26 Nov 2018

Takuto Fukuda's Convergence

The Andrew Svoboda Prize for Orchestral Composition was created in memory of Andrew Svoboda (BMus’00, MMus’04), a promising composer who passed away suddenly in 2004....

Published: 23 Nov 2018

Elie Boissinot wins the 2018-2019 Golden Violin Award

Huge congratulations are in order for cellist Elie Boissinot, who won the 2018-2019 Golden Violin Competition on Sunday afternoon with an exemplary 30-minute performance before a four-person jury and enthusiastic audience. Accompanied by collaborative pianist Wei-Tang Tuang, Elie’s winning program included Variations concertantes, Op....

Published: 29 Oct 2018

Chilly Gonzales on his Schulich roots

In a recent interview with La Presse +, pianist Chilly Gonzales (also known as Jason Beck offstage) explained how his time at Schulich in the 1990s influenced his current style of music.

Published: 25 Oct 2018

Naama Neuman to perform Ibert's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Known for her engaging and lively performances, Israeli-born flutist Naama Neuman has played first flute in the Komische Oper Berlin and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and has performed under the baton of numerous world-renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kiril Petrenko, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, and more....

Published: 18 Oct 2018

Strathcona's Piano: Icon of the Times

While the Schulich School of Music houses over 70 grand pianos, a unique, 130-year-old Steinway is tucked away in neighbouring Royal Victoria College, a McGill University residence hall. Hailed in 1887 by The Decorator and Furnisher magazine as “the most beautiful concert grand ever designed,” this one-of-a-kind instrument was commissioned from Steinway by Sir Donald Smith (also known as Lord Strathcona), who wanted the finest piano around to complete his parlour’s décor.

Published: 12 Oct 2018

Violinist Teresa Wang wins Peter Mendell Award

We would like to congratulate violinist Teresa Wang (BMus ’17), who was recently awarded the 2018 Peter Mendell Award. This award includes a $2500 scholarship and a private recital opportunity....

Published: 5 Oct 2018

Schulich alumni recognized in 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards

The 29th edition of the Montréal SOCAN awards were held at La Tohu on Tuesday night (Oct. 2), and several Schulich alumni stood out among the winners, including:

Published: 4 Oct 2018

Thierry Tidrow wins grand prize in the inaugural Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is proud to announce that Thierry Tidrow is the grand prize winner of the inaugural edition of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers. The $15,000 first prize for Tidrow’s new work for piano quintet, “Quicksilver,” was among $45,000 in total prize earnings awarded at the Concert and Prize Gala on Saturday, September 29, at Pollack Hall....

Published: 2 Oct 2018

Jen Shyu: Artistic Evolution, Learning and Passing Down Wisdom

A true innovator, Jen Shyu’s artistic output encompasses so many categories that the New York Times has hailed her as a “new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid.” While creating music that features her multilingual vocals and performances on a variety of instruments, Shyu taps into her extensive study of the traditional songs of East Timor, Taiwan, Indonesia ...

Published: 1 Oct 2018