The nominees for the 23rd Prix Opus were announced last week, and Schulich students, faculty, and alumni are everywhere on the list of finalists! Not only are they well represented in orchestras, choirs, and young artist programs in Montreal and across the province, but many appeared as featured artists on nominated performances, and a number of Schulich-founded and Schulich-led ensembles have been singled out as well.
Congratulations to violinist Aaron Chan, who won the 2019-2020 Golden Violin Award on Friday evening following a standout 40-minute performance in Pollack Hall alongside collaborative pianist Felix Hong. Played before a five-person jury and enthusiastic audience, Aaron’s winning program for the final round included Edvard Grieg's Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor, Op. 45, and Henryk Wieniawski’s Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15.
Rebecca Henry (MMus 2012) enjoys an active career as both conductor and mezzo-soprano across North America. Her conducting spans opera, operetta, orchestral, and contemporary repertoire, and she recently completed the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. Designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors, the Institute is celebrating its 5th year with faculty Emmanuel Villaume, Carlo Montanaro, and Nicole Paiement.
Francis Choinière receives the Hnatyshyn Foundation – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting
Francis Choinière has been awarded the second annual Hnatyshyn Foundation – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting! Launched in 2017 in honour of the late conductor Franz-Paul Decker and his wife, Christa, this $15,000 fellowship is the result of a collaboration between the Schulich School of Music, the Decker family, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation, a charity founded by Canada’s twenty-fourth Governor General to support the development of young artists.
Congratulations to pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin (BMus 2011), who won two different awards as part of this year's ADISQ Gala—one for a recording with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the other with Schulich professor Andrew Wan:
Over the past few weeks, performers, listeners, teachers, and professionals in the worlds of opera and classical music have been united in mourning the death of soprano Jessye Norman (1945 - 2019). Born in Augusta, Georgia (USA), she remains one of the world's most powerful and moving dramatic sopranos. She was one of the first and only Black singers to rise to international stardom in the opera and recital world, and she inspired several generations of young performers.
Principal tuba of the Orchestre Métropolitain and co-founder of the Philharmonie des vents du Québec, Alain Cazes is a Professor of Brass and Conducting at the Schulich School of Music.
A highlight of the Quebec cultural scene, the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque (ADISQ) Gala honours artists and music industry professionals who released standout recordings or were involved in remarkable productions over the last year. In advance of the main ADISQ Gala taking place on October 27, 2019, read below for a list of all nominees with a Schulich connection. Congratulations to all!
Beginning this season, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) welcomes three Schulich School of Music alumni into their esteemed ensemble: Victor Fournelle-Blain (ADip ’15) as Principal Violist, Rémi Pelletier (LMus ‘04) as Associate Principal Violist, and Yolanda Bruno (BMus ’11) as Section Violinist!
Peter Schubert awarded The Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship
Congratulations to Prof. Peter Schubert, who was recently awarded the the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime
Prof. John Rea and Prof. Hank Knox are among the latest inductees into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), which includes nine McGill researchers and professors among the total of 93 new Fellows. Fellows in the RSC's Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science are elected by their peers for outstanding achievements in their fields — an extremely high honour.
Flutist Lara Deutsch is this year’s recipient of the $125,000 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer 2019-20 Award for Collaborative Emerging Artist! Presented biennially in honour of Jean-Pierre Goyer and his contributions to music, arts, and culture in Montreal and the rest of Canada, the Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer is Canada’s largest classical music prize for emerging young artists.
Now coming up on its 20th edition, the OFF jazz festival has been a mainstay of the Montreal jazz scene by featuring local artists and their creative projects. The festival runs from October 3 - 12, 2019 and will feature many groups with Schulich students, faculty, and alumni — read below for a list of events with a Schulich connection.
Thursday, October 3
Since 1994, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal's biennial Generation composition contest has given 61 Canadian composers the opportunity to define their voices and connect with audiences across Canada.
We're excited to welcome Dorian Komanoff Bandy to Schulich's faculty, where he will beginning a position in historical performance practice and musicology, held jointly between the School's departments of Performance and Music Research.