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Schulich Chamber Music Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015-2016 Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition have been announced.

Exchange visit to the Mozarteum, Saltzburg:  Elizabeth Skinner, violin; Jaewon Ahn, cello; Meagan Milatz, piano

Published: 11 Dec 2015

Schulich well-represented in Prix Opus Nominations

Finalists for the Conseil Québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last week, and there are many nominated who are  Schulich alumni and/or faculty.   The Prix Opus were established in 1996 to highlight the excellence and diversity of Québec's musical offering, and are awarded in many different categories.  The winners will be announced in a Gala event to be held on February 7, 2016.   Artists with a Schulich connection are highlighted in bold.

Published: 7 Dec 2015

Profs. William Caplin and Philippe Leroux inducted to the Royal Society of Canada

William Caplin and Philippe Leroux were inducted as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada on November 26th, 2015.  The Royal Society of Canada (RSC): The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada was established under an Act of Parliament in 1883 as Canada’s National Academy, the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country....

Published: 3 Dec 2015

Vincent Lauzer, BMus'10, MMus'12, receives Fernand Lindsay Award

The winner of the prestigious  2015 Fernand Lindsay Award is recorder player and Schulich graduate Vincent Lauzer,  BMus'10, MMus'12.  Worth $50,000, this award is a springboard to an international career for this extremely talented young musician....

Published: 26 Nov 2015

A Review of the McGill Symphony Orchestra concert in Koerner Hall

Arthur Kaptainis, music critic at the National Post, attended the McGill Symphony Orchestra's concert on November 17th in Toronto's Koerner Hall. Here is the text in his article that refers to the McGIll Symphony Orchestra.  The full review can be found in the sidebar link. 


Published: 25 Nov 2015

Zhenni Li wins McGill Classical Concerto Competition

On Sunday, November 22, Zhenni Li, a second year Doctoral  piano student of Stéphane Lemelin won the McGill Classical Concerto Competition.  She will perform with the McGill Symphony Orchestra on January 22 and 23, 2016 in Redpath Hall.  

Published: 23 Nov 2015

Philippe Leroux awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2015 for Contemporary Music the Académie Charles Cros in France.

Professor Leroux was awarded this prize for his work Quid sit musicus ?,  recorded by Solistes XXI  under the direction of Rachid Safir.  The Grand Prix du Disque et du DVD given out by the Académie Charles Cros recognize outstanding achievements in recorded music and musical scholarship....

Published: 18 Nov 2015

Young, Musically Gifted and In Charge: Jordan de Souza, conductor

Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza's head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year. De Souza, who studied music at McGill University, has been on its teaching staff since 2011. He was still a teenager when he was named conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal in 2008.

Read the full article in the sidebar link, from the Toronto Star.

Published: 12 Nov 2015

Jean-Michel Pilc on starting afresh in Montreal and at McGill

(article from the Ottawa Gazette)   During his 55 years, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has repeatedly embraced change headlong.

In his 20s, the Paris-born Pilc worked as an engineer, although jazz was his after-hours passion. At 27, the self-taught pianist, who says he fell in love with jazz at the age of eight, switched to making music full-time and was playing with France’s finest jazz artists.

Published: 10 Nov 2015

Maestro Alexis Hauser on things Viennese: Interview in the Montreal Gazette

(This article, written by Arthur Kaptainis, appeared in the Montreal Gazette on November 5)

 The question arises before, and indeed during, any Viennese-themed concert of the type given Sunday afternoon by the OSM: To schlepp or not to schlepp?

Published: 9 Nov 2015

McGill vies for Canadian Music School Supremacy.(article in the Toronto Star)

McGill vies for Canadian music school supremacy Thanks to general government and philanthropic support, music education gets priority at Schulich School.

By: William Littler Music Columnist, Published on Sat Nov 07 2015

MONTREAL—Canada’s finest music school?

Published: 8 Nov 2015

Student Bruno Roy a prize winner at last night's Centre Stage Competition

Bruno Roy, a second year Masters student of Ben Heppner, has placed third at the Canadian Opera Company's annual voice competition COC Centre Stage.  The competition showcases the next generation of opera stars selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio—Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals....

Published: 4 Nov 2015

Matt Haimovitz and Bach: Colonizing Columbia's Campus

Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz [Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University] — the cellist who helped to start a trend by performing in places like an East Village punk club and a pizzeria in Jackson, Miss. — playing Bach....

Published: 29 Oct 2015

Joshua Peters receives Golden Violin Award

Joshua Peters, violin, has been named this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Competition, following an exciting public recital competition held on Sunday October 25th in Tanna Schulich Hall. 

Published: 26 Oct 2015

Charles Richard-Hamelin, BMus’11, prize winner at the Chopin Piano Competition

Since graduating the Schulich School of Music in 2011, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has received a constant stream of accolades. Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea in 2014, Richard-Hamelin’s latest distinction comes from the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition....

Published: 23 Oct 2015