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Accolades for soprano Dominique Labelle's recording of Mi Palpita Il Cor

Voice professor soprano Dominique Labelle has released an album with Musica Pacifica: Mi Palpita Il Cor.  Musica Pacifica is an early music ensemble based in San Francisco  and they have built up an impressive catalog of performances concentrating primarily on the pre-Classical repertoire....

Published: 20 Oct 2016

Conductor Jordan de Souza named Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin

Jordan de Souza, BMus'09, MMus'11 will become the Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin  beginning with the start of their 2017/18 season.  In his first season as Kapellmeister, he will conduct several repertoire pieces, direct one new production and lead an orchestra concert.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

Mark Fewer: Expanding Your Horizons

Blog post by Chris Maskell

Published: 17 Oct 2016

Brenda Ravenscroft named next Dean of the Schulich School of Music

Professor Brenda Ravenscroft will be the next Dean of the Schulich School of Music. Currently Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Music Theory and Analysis at Queen’s University, Prof. Ravenscroft will begin her mandate at Schulich in July of 2017. Prof....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

Spanish Review of the September McGill Symphony Orchestra Concert

On September 23rd and 24th, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Alexis Hauser, performed its first concert of the season. The piano soloist was Anna Peletsis.  Reviewer Patricia Morales has published this Spanish blog post about the program....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

Classical Music: a chance to go beyond fossilized repertoire

Ilya Poletaev is a Moscow-born pianist who is an assistant professor of music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, but has a wide-ranging international career. Next Wednesday, he will appear in the University of Victoria’s Orion Series in Fine Arts....

Published: 7 Oct 2016

"I felt the clock ticking" — why Andre White just released three albums at once

A jazz renaissance man who not only plays drums and piano, but also has been on faculty at McGill University and and behind the board as a respected and prodigious recording engineer, Andre White, 57, has been a towering yet humble musical giant in Montreal and beyond since the mid-1980s....

Published: 3 Oct 2016

Cellist Joshua Morris receives 2016 Peter Mendell Award

Joshua Morris is a Masters in Cello Performance student of Professor Brian Manker.  He was recently a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and has also been a finalist of the McGill Classical Concerto Music Competition.  The Peter Mendell Award is intended to foster the development of musical excellence, and was founded by lawyer Peter Mendell in 2005....

Published: 30 Sep 2016

Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck - A Cherished Collaboration

Blog post by Chris Maskell

Published: 28 Sep 2016

An interview with Catherine Steele

The Schulich School of Music’s Kelly Rice recently met with pianist and music teacher Catherine Steele (née Thornhill) to discuss her life in music, beginning with her childhood in Newfoundland.  

She is the inspiration behind the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund, created by Seymour Schulich in 2005 to honour her.

In this photo: Catherine Thornhill at her graduation recital

Published: 28 Sep 2016

A new Canada-wide Music Composition Competition

The Schulich School of Music enthusiastically announces the establishment of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, open to all Canadian composers under 35 years old.  The school will host the first edition of the competition in 2017, thanks to generous support from Dr. Graham Sommer, M.D. C.M. ’72.  

Full McGill Reporter article by Andrew Mahon:

Published: 28 Sep 2016

On learning from a master: an interview with pianist Anna Peletsis

Blog post by Chris Maskell:

Since she became part of the faculty of the Schulich School of Music in 1992, ten of Professor Marina Mdivani’s students have won the McGill Concerto Competition. The most recent of these, Anna Peletsis, shares an interesting parallel with Mdivani’s past – both attended the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and eventually relocated to Canada.

Published: 22 Sep 2016

Zhenni Li wins Second Prize at the International Edvard Grieg Competition

Schulich School of Music Doctoral piano student Zhenni Li  has won Second Prize in the 15th Annual International Edvard Grieg Competition which was held September 2-10 in Bergen, Norway.  In addition to the 20,000 euro second prize, Ms. Li was also awarded the 1000 euro Orchestra Prize.  Ms. Li is a student of Prof. Stéphane Lemelin.

Published: 12 Sep 2016

Jeremy Cox named Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair

Jeremy Cox has been named 2016-2017 Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair in Music. He brings to the school an expertise that spans performance, scholarship, teaching, academic leadership, and curriculum design.  Prof. Cox will be involved in many aspects of school life this year, including teaching, conference organization, academic review, and writing.

Published: 12 Sep 2016

Rolston String Quartet wins the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition

We wish to congratulate this year’s winners of the 2016 edition of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet. Formed in 2013 by Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda (BMus 2009) on violin, Hezekiah Leung on viola and Jonathan Lo on cello, this Canadian string quartet is currently the graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepard School of Music....

Published: 9 Sep 2016