Madeline Weber, student of Professor Marina Mdivani is the recipient of the $4,000 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2016/17. A graduate of Elmira District Secondary School in 2014, she is in the second year of the piano performance program in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She has participated in Piano Tuesday recitals, Class Concerts, piano trio concerts and other public performances including a concert for McGill’s Open House with the Concert Choir that she accompanies, under the direction of Jean-Sébastien Vallée.
Zi Hua Tan, a Doctoral composition student of Prof. John Rea has been named a finalist for the 2017 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Out of 115 entries from 36 countries, Zi Hua Tan’s composition, …at the still point… was chosen to be among the four finalists of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2017.
Finalists for the Conseil québécois de la musique's Prix Opus were announced last Friday, and once again 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 Sunday, February 5, 2017. Artists nominated with a Schulich connection are listed here.
Concert de l’année – Montréal
The Annual Schulich School of Music Chamber Music Competition took place Tuesday, December 6, in Tanna Schulich Hall. Two groups were declared winners and will travel to Europe for exchange visits to conservatories. The winner of the Exchange visit to the Mozarteum, Salzburg was the Milton String Quartet, with members Roman Fraser, violin, Maïthéna Girault, violin, Evan Robinson, viola and Joshua Morris, cello.
Last month, seven Rice University students traveled from Houston to Montréal to expand Rice’s Gateway Study of Leadership research program at McGill University. Much of the time spent at McGill was at the Schulich School of Music, where the students met with Interim Dean Julie Cumming, Prof. Simon Aldrich, Director of the Music Entrepreneurship Program, Doctoral student Suzu Enns and several other faculty members including Ichiro Fujinaga and Lloyd Whitesell.
Artist Diploma Piano Student Alex Soloway has been announced as the winner of this year's Classical Concerto Competition. He is a student of Prof. Ilya Poletaev and was also a winner in 2014 of the McGill Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Aeolus Trio. Soloway has already performed in Canada, Europe, and the United States, including concerts at the Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.
The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Included in this list were several nominees from Schulich.
(Review by Peter Dobrin)
How long will it be before the pianist hits that last note? You might have held your breath, as I did, waiting for Ilya Poletaev to strike the final note of the Bach "Sarabande" encore Wednesday night at the end of his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut at the American Philosophical Society.
The 2016 edition of the OSM Manulife Competition took place last week. This year's categories were strings and organ, for which the semi-final string rounds took place in Tanna Schulich Hall at the Schulich School of Music. The semifinals for organ took place in the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the finals in the Maison symphonique de Montréal at the Grand-Orgue-Pierre-Béique.
When Schulich School of Music composition students write pieces for orchestra it may be that they dream of their works someday being performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, with all the finesse and polish that a world-class orchestra brings to contemporary music. For three students, Doyoon Kim, Francisco Ferro and Xue Han, this was exactly what happened, when on November 10th, the OSM, conducted by Maestro Adam Johnson, premiered their works in Pollack Hall. As part of thi
Following an evening of exceptionally high-level vocal artistry from all three finalists, Jean-Philippe Mc Clish, Simone McIntosh and Igor Mostovoi, last night the members of the Jury declared mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, a Master's voice student of Dominique Labelle the winner of the 2016-2017 Wirth Vocal Prize.
Jordan de Souza est arrivé à Montréal il y a dix ans pour se former à la musique, avouant lui-même qu'il ne connaissait rien à l'opéra, discipline avec laquelle il s'est familiarisé à McGill. Rencontre avec le chef canadien, qui dirige pour la première fois à l’Opéra de Montréal (Article de Christoph Huss du journal Le Devoir).
On November 2nd, Schulich School of Music Theory Professor Peter Schubert was named the recipient of McGill University’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning. The award, which was given during Fall Convocation Ceremonies, recognizes sustained excellence in leadership and innovation, as well as the active integration of teaching and learning with inquiry, scholarship and research.
The three finalists chosen to compete for the Wirth Vocal Prize this year are mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, bass-baritone Igor Mostovoi and bass Jean-Philippe Mc Clish. These singers, selected in an earlier-held preliminary round, will each present a thirty minute programme made up of pieces performed in a minimum of three languages and including at least one opera aria.
Blog post by Patricia Morales (in Spanish)
Opera McGill, directed by Patrick Hansen and gave three performances of Alcina earlier this month. The McGill Baroque Orchestra was directed by Hank Knox. Blogger Patricia Morales attended the matinee held November 6th, and wrote this post about the production.