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From May 24 to 26, the 17th edition of the Montreal Classical Guitar Festival and Competition (FCIGCM) will surely be a must-see celebration for fans of this instrument, and many others as well. Aside from the performances, there will be educational activities, various talks and several instrument makers on hand. The brainchild of Patrick Kearney, a music teacher and classical guitarist, the FCIGCM has now earned its spot on the international circuit of classical guitar competitions. When asked about the motivations leading him to undertake this endeavour in 2002, Kearney says that classical guitarists back then had to leave to…

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CCC Performance Event Will Feature Works of Winners on March 31st, 2019, From 4:00PM – 7:00PM at Longy School of Music of  Bard College in Cambridge, MA  Guest Composers Richard Festinger and Paul Brust to Present Talks March 18, 2019 – Boston, MA – Collage New Music, Boston’s most revered new music group just announced the composition winners of its Collage Composers Colloquium. To be eligible, the applicants had to be currently enrolled in a composition program in a Boston-area college or university, a recent graduate from a composition program from a college or university, or a current high school…

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12 March 2019 – Brussels (Belgium) 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition announce 71 candidates and the Imposed works by Bram Van Camp & Kimmo Hakola.  Candidates 71 candidates have been selected to participate in the first round of the 19th Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition : 49 women and 22 men, representing 20 different nationalities. Canadians include Timothy Chooi, Daniel Kogan, Shannon Lee and Melody Yuan. –      The best represented are : Korea (16), Japan (15) and the United States of America (11). –      Followed by China, France and Russia with each 6 candidates. –      The other candidates originate from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Romania, the UK and Switzerland.   Overview of the candidates by nationality (the…

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The Cliburn is thrilled to announce the 24 competitors invited to participate in the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, with the first three rounds at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and the Final Round performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The 2019 Cliburn Junior competitors hail from all over the world, representing 11 countries: the United States (7), China (5), Japan (4), Canada (3), Hong Kong (2), Armenia, Australia, Austria, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan (includes three dual representations). They range in age from 13 to 17 with two 13-, four 14-, seven 15-, five 16-, and six 17-year-olds.…

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Toronto, February 12, 2019 – On Monday, February 11th, the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, competed in the fifth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, with Anna-Sophie Neher claiming the first prize of $8,000.  Joel Allison won the second prize of $4,000,  and Simona Genga won the third prize of $3,000.  The event took place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as a part of the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. The competition was adjudicated by a panel composed of Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera…

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Montréal, January 9, 2019 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to reveal the finalists for its 34th Grand Prix, which will be awarded on March 21, 2019. The finalists made exceptional contributions to the vitality of Montréal’s arts community in 2018. The finalists are: Black Theatre Workshop, for its efforts to promote inclusivity among various Black communities in Montréal, Québec, and Canada and for its outspoken acceptance of sexual, linguistic, and cultural identities. The first French-language reading of Angélique, a work involving artists of diverse origins and echoing the problems of systemic racism, is representative of this…

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REVIEW: of The Anchoress, a world premiere of a new musical monodrama/song cycle composed by David Serkin Ludwig with text by Katie Ford, performed by soprano Hyunah Yu, accompanied by saxophone quartet PRISM and ancient-instrument ensemble Piffaro; on Wednesday, October 17, at the Perelman Theatre of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and on Thursday, October 18, at New York City’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music (the latter performance reviewed here); and INTERVIEWS: with composer David Ludwig and poet Katie Ford. The impulse to retreat from the world in search of spiritual insight or purity has manifested throughout human history. Twenty-one centuries of Christianity…

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Toronto – Matthew Cairns of St. Catharines, ON took home First Prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Ensemble Studio Competitionon November 1, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC gala fundraiser Centre Stage, an annual celebration of Canada’s best young opera artists. Cairns was selected from eight finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported by the Chair of the COC’s Board of Directors, as well as a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival. Vartan Gabrielian  of Toronto won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Jamie Groote of Toronto was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Andrea Lett of Prince Albert, SK took home the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500. In…

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It was announced today that Matthew Aucoin – “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall Street Journal) – has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. Selected for his extraordinary originality and dedication in his creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction, the composer, conductor, writer, and pianist is one of 25 recipients of this year’s “genius grant.” On learning of the award, Aucoin commented: “When I look at past MacArthur fellows, I’m struck not just by their brilliance but, in so many cases, by their humaneness and wisdom. Claudia Rankine, Peter Sellars, Claire Chase –…

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Second prize-winner in 2017 of the Recital Competition of French Art Song at the Classica Festival, soprano Magali Simard-Galdès this year won first prize for her performance of the art songs of Cécile Chaminade, accompanied by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, who won the pianist’s prize. The Rimouski-born singer and champion of Chaminade is very proud of this feat, winning over the jury in the face of works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Poulenc. Chaminade (1857-1944) was a concert pianist and prolific composer much loved in her time. Simard-Galdès likes her simple and limpid poetry, which lets the musical phrases speak for themselves.…

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