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Angela Ryu, 19, is the 2019 winner of the Shean Strings Competition in Edmonton. The Korean-Canadian violinist also took the Paul J. Bourret Memorial Award for best performance of the imposed piece, Improvisation for solo violin by the late Canadian composer André Prévost. These prizes crown a brilliant career of musical studies that began in her hometown, New Denver, B.C., at age 5 with Daphne Hughes. Four years later, Ryu moved to Calgary to hone her skills at the Mount Royal Conservatory. Under William van der Sloot, she was a full scholarship student in the advanced performance program. Ryu has…

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Tony Siqi Yun is listed second-to-last, alphabetically, on the roster of pianists represented by the New York-based Opus 3 talent agency. Following him: Krystian Zimerman. Where the Toronto native made it to the top of the list was in last May’s inaugural China International Music Competition in Beijing. A management deal with Opus 3 (the descendant of the Sol Hurok organization) and Armstrong Music and Arts was part of his gold-medal prize package, which includes three years of coordinated concertizing in North America, Europe and China. And, oh yes, a cash prize of US$150,000. “Tony exhibited professionalism, musicianship, poise and…

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Then 16-year-old Australian pianist Shuan Hern Lee won the 2019 Cliburn Junior Competition, he was already preparing repertoire for his next competition. In August, Lee was preparing to fly from his hometown, Perth, to the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. He is one of the youngest candidates. Lee’s hyperactive competition schedule is the typical experience of many young musicians today. They readily crisscross the globe. Competition participation is not only seen as a necessary and natural career strategy but as an opportunity to meet fellow musicians and peers. It is also viewed as a means of globalizing…

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Polarized Views on Domingo A lengthy Associated Press report on the alleged inappropriate behaviour of Plácido Domingo has divided music lovers. Supporters of the general director of the Los Angeles Opera point out that he took no for an answer – eventually – when approaching potential paramours. Others contend that his conduct constituted harassment. The story by Jocelyn Gecker claimed that seven of nine performers interviewed felt that their careers were “adversely impacted” by their non-cooperation. Two said they accepted his advances. The only accuser who let her name be used, retired mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, subsequently told NPR: “I didn’t…

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Shanghai, China, August 6, 2019 – The third Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) will take place in Shanghai August 4-25, 2020. The Competition’s Organisation Committee announced today that it is officially open for global applications. In celebration of the centennial birthday of Maestro Isaac Stern in 2020, a gala concert has been added to commemorate the longtime friend of China. Illustrious Panel of Judges After much anticipation, the Organisation Committee revealed the names of the all-star panel of jurors – each of the 13 chosen for their specialties in different artistic fields – ensuring that the contestants will receive…

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Toronto, ON June 15, 2019​ – A treasured Canadian choral tradition, the celebrated ​National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs ​inspires choirs to strive for excellence, provides visibility for amateur choirs of all types and traditions, and encourages the creation and performance of Canadian works. The Competition, presented by Choral Canada in collaboration with the ​Canada Council for the Arts​, and with support from ​CBC Music​, ​Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario​ and ​UNISONG​ is open to all Canadian amateur choirs and attracts diverse participants from coast to coast. Please note that finalists are listed in alphabetical order. The ​2019 Finalists​ are​:…

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Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University announces the  BADER AND OVERTON CANADIAN CELLO COMPETITION Applications open September 2nd, 2019 Kingston, Ontario …. On September 2, 2019, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University will launch a new major cello competition for Canada, the BADER AND OVERTON CANADIAN CELLO COMPETITION. The competition will be held May 6-9, 2020 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) in Kingston, Ontario. The Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition has been made possible through the generosity of the Isabel Bader Fund, A Bader Philanthropy, whose vision,…

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OPERALIA, PLÁCIDO DOMINGO´S WORLD OPERA COMPETITION, COMES TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME The National Theatre and the Domingo-Mozart-Prague organization will host the 27th edition of the prestigious international opera competition Operalia. The competition will take place from July 21 to 26 July. The National Theatre Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the Czech Republic, will accompany the competition’s finals concert conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo. Prague, June 12, 2019 – OPERALIA, the international Opera competition founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993, will be presented in the Czech Republic for the very first time this summer. The competition will…

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The 2019 TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL JULY 19-21 and JULY 26-28 (www.niagarajazzfestival.com) is excited to announce the FINALS of their fourth annual “JAZZ 4 the AGES”  YOUTH COMPETITION Performances by the 2019 FINALISTS will take place at VIENI ESTATES SPARKLE FEST On SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 Come – Vieni – and experience Vieni Estates Wine & Spirits Talented “Jazz 4 the Ages” Competition Finalists include 12 and under:  Emilio Geremia (Solo pianist), Jack Tredway (Solo pianist), 13 – 17:  545 Band (led by Ben Macdonald) (Instrumental Group), James Dunbar (Solo pianist), Vasily Shugaev (Solo saxophonist), Armineh Soreen, Isablella Milano, Jasmine Jain…

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Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Texas When: Saturday June 8 2019 Sixteen-year-old Australian pianist Shuan Hern Lee won the 2019 Cliburn Junior Competition. Lee won the $15,000 (USD) first Prize with his commanding performance of Rachmaninov’s Concert No. 3 in D minor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. Canada’s rising star fourteen-year-old J J Jun Li Bui won the special Peer Award of $500, an award voted by his fellow competitors. This second quadrennial Cliburn Junior Piano Competition, held in tandem with the Cliburn International attracted 230 applicants representing thirty-two countries is targeted at pianists…

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