In the spirit of Graham Sommer’s love for sharing music, the inaugural competition will take place during Quebec’s 22nd edition of the Journées de la Culture in September 2018. This annual event promotes greater access to arts and culture for everyone, giving participants a peek into the creative process with free activities all over the province.
The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers will invite audience members into the world of composition with the premiere of new works for piano and string quartet. The winners of all prizes, including the audience prize, will be announced following the performance and jury deliberations.
Doctoral Colloquium talks by the finalists (September 27 and 28, 2018)
Presentations by the five finalists, co-hosted by MASC (McGill Association of Student Composers):
Alison Jun-Fei Jiang and Thierry Tidrow:
- Thursday, September 27 at 4:45pm in Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C209, 555 Sherbrooke St. West)
- Moderated by Prof. Jean Lesage
Ashkan Behzadi, Taylor Brook and Christopher Goddard:
- Friday, September 28 at 4:45pm in Clara Lichtenstein Hall
- Moderated by Prof. John Rea
Round-table discussion with the finalists (September 29, 2018)
Chris Paul Harman, Canadian composer and Chair of the School's Department of Music Research, will moderate a round-table discussion with the five competition finalists prior to the concert and prize gala on September 29. The discussion will focus on what it means to be an emerging composer, and will be followed by a reception.
This free event will take place from 3:00-4:30pm in Tanna Schulich Hall in the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (527 Sherbrooke Street W.).
2018 Concert and Prize Gala (September 29, 2018)
The Concert and Prize Gala will take place at 7:00pm on September 29, 2018 in Pollack Hall at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. If you can't attend, you'll be able to watch the webcast on the School's YouTube page.
Our five finalists have each composed a new work for piano quintet (piano and string quartet), to be performed by pianist Sara Laimon and the Molinari Quartet. The jury will deliberate directly following the five performances and award $45,000 in prizes, including a grand prize of $15,000, a second place prize of $10,000, and $5,000 prizes for third, fourth, and fifth place, plus an additional $5,000 People’s Choice Award which those of you attending in person and watching online can vote upon.
Admission is free. Reserve your seats online!