2017-2018 Concerto Competition Award Recipients

Classical CategorySmiling face of Timothy Ledger, 2017-2018 Schulich School of Music Concerto competition winner in the classical category for piano

Timothy Ledger, piano

Praised for his engaging presence at the piano, Timothy Ledger has won numerous awards and competitions in North America.

As a performer, he has most recently appeared in the closing concert of Montréal’s Musical Chairs Chamber Music Festival, performing the Shostakovich Piano Quintet. He also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra earlier this year as the winner of their annual Classical Concerto Competition.

Tim maintains an active teaching career, as well. He currently serves as a course lecturer in McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he also teaches faculty students. He previously held a position as course coordinator in the music theory department at Indiana University.

Tim is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and his mentors include Brent Schloneger, Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, and Jean-Louis Haguenauer. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at McGill University, where he studies with Ilya Poletaev. His field of research-creation focuses on examining the often-ignored role of the performer in the fields of music semiotics and cognition-perception using both extant piano literature as well as newly commissioned (and often politically engaged) music.

For more information, visit http://www.timothymledger.com/.


Strings Category

Elie Boissinot, celloSchulich School of Music Concerto Competition Award Recipient Elie Boissinot holding cello

Elie Boissinot is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance with Elizabeth Dolin at McGill University. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2018 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant, the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarship at McGill and the 2017 Sandra Wilson Prize. He won several concerto competitions andreceived first prizes from, among others, the Canadian Music Competition. Elie is also the principal cellist and artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique etChoeur des Mélomanes (OPCM), an ensemble he co-founded with Francis Choinière in 2015.

In recent years, Elie performed concertos with the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal (OSJM) and the FACE Symphony Orchestra and has held firstchairs in the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the OSJM, and the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Montérégie.

As winner of the 2018 McGill Concerto Competition, he will perform Elgar’s concerto with the MGSO in February 2019. He will also perform as a soloist with theOrchestre Philharmonique des Musiciens de Montreal (OPMEM) in September 2018. Elie plays on an instrument and bow generously loaned by Canimex Inc. ofDrummondville, QC.


Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Category

Naama Neuman, fluteNaama Neuman, Schulich School of Music 2017-2018 Concerto Competition winner in the Strings category holding flute

Naama Neuman, flute Israel born flutist Naama Neuman played first flute in the “Komische Oper Berlin” and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, as well as second flute in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a member of the "Israel Contemporary Players".

After completing her BA from the Jerusalem Music Academy she continued her studies in Germany and received her Masters from the State Music Academy of Stuttgart. She is currently working towards her Graduate Diploma in performance at the Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Timothy Hutchins.

Ms. Neuman is the former music director of the Polyphony Foundation and Assistant Music Director of the Haifa International Flute Competition 2013.

Ms. Neuman is one of the leading young Israeli flute teachers, giving master-classes in Israel and Korea. Her students have won international competitions and play in orchestras in Israel and abroad.