2019 Winner – Francis Choinière
Francis Choinière of Montreal is the second recipient of The Hnatyshyn Foundation and Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting. Francis is a promising young conductor, as well as a versatile musician, who is active as a choral and orchestral conductor, concert producer, pianist, composer, and baritone. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes (OPCM) with Elie Boissinot, Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Vocal Trame Sonore, Conductor of the Choeur Fernand Lindsay for the Festival de Lanaudière, and chorus master for several concerts at the Bell Centre featuring, among others: Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi. Highly engaged in Montreal’s music scene, Francis is also the co-founder and President of GFN Productions, a production company presenting high-calibre concerts at Montreal’s finest venues.
2018 Winner – Adam Keeping
Adam Keeping is passionate about the promotion of opera and symphonic music. The young conductor holds an honours degree in music from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also studied conducting in France and the Czech Republic, piano at Centre d’Arts Orford (Québec), and international law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adam has taught piano and music theory, chaired legal education programs for the Ontario Bar Association, and instructed at Osgoode Hall Law School.