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Friday, August 30, 2013

The KoSA Music Academy Launches the 2013-2014 Semester at a new expanded location!

Monday, August 29th, 2013:  Now in its twelfth year, the KoSA Music Academy welcomes students interested in learning percussion, drum set, guitar, bass, piano and many other musical instruments at its new expanded location in NDG.  The KoSA Music Academy is a fully-equipped music school boasting 9 studios.  The school is situated at 2207 Beaconsfield Avenue (corner de Maisonneuve).  

 About the Programs:  The faculty is made-up of the finest professional instructors and performers who share a true passion for teaching.   Individual lessons and group classes are offered in world percussion (Cuban, Brazilian, African, etc), classical percussion, bass, guitar, voice ,keyboards  piano and more. The curriculum is custom-designed for individuals who wish to improve their craft or for the novice who is just beginning musical study.  During the course of the year, KoSA hosts regular master classes by visiting international artists and artists in residence.  A very popular course at the Academy is the “KoSA JAM ”® program.   This unique course places musicians of the same level in a band class where they rehearse weekly ,learn songs and receive professional guidance and get to perform live.   KoSA is also well-known for preparing students for college entrance music auditions.  

KoSA4Kids programs: The KoSA Music Academy offers special group classes for kids- “Jammin’ Kids” for 4-7 year olds where children are introduced to the world of percussion through playing instruments from all over the world. “Young Drums “ group classes are designed for beginning drummers 7-10 learning in a group environment. 

Upcoming Event:  To kick off the fall semester, KoSA is hosting an Open House with FREE workshops on Sunday September 8, 2013 from  2-5 pm.  Our open house will feature FREE African djembe drumming classes, Cuban drumming ensemble, drum set,  and band performances.  All drums will be supplied so you only need to bring yourself! There will also be door prizes. Come see KoSA, meet our instructors, visit our professional facility and check out our new programs.

For more information, please visit our website at or call us at (514) 482-5554.  

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2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition ready to go live on the air

August 26 to September 1 • Eric Harvie Theatre • The Banff Centre 
            Box Office: 403.762.6301 or 1.800.413.8368 

The Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) kicks off six days of intense concert rounds today at The Banff Centre, with ten of the world’s finest emerging string quartets. Music fans from around the world have come to Banff to experience the full week of competition, and The Banff Centre will reach a much larger, global audience through live streaming and daily online coverage of BISQC.

During the competition, August 26 to September 1, each of the ten quartets will perform a range of repertoire in multiple performances before a dedicated audience of more than 900. Works performed will include repertoire of classical, Romantic, and 20th century music, as well as a new work by Canadian composer Vivian Fung, co-commissioned by The Banff Centre and CBC. Three quartets will be chosen on August 31 to perform a work of Beethoven in the final round on Sunday, September 1, which will wrap up with the RBC Awards.

In partnership with The Banff Centre’s Film and Media department, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will deliver competition coverage to listeners ― live streaming, interviews, competition highlights and updates by CBC hosts Paolo Pietropaolo, host of In Concert, and Julie Nesrallah, host of Tempo. CBC will live stream video of each recital round, and provide interviews and updates online at The Banff Centre will also be providing daily audio, video (in partnership with Riddle Films), and photography of BISQC through the Banff Centre Blog :

Created in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of The Banff Centre and presented every three years, BISQC is recognized as one of the world’s leading international music competitions. The competition is open to quartets of all nationalities whose members are all under the age of 35. The RBC Awards include more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including the offer of a Banff Centre residency and CD recording, a set of bows by internationally-renowned Canadian bow maker François Malo, and a recital tour of Europe and North America.

 The quartets selected to compete in 2013 include the Anima Quartet (Russia/China), Attacca Quartet (USA), Calidore String Quartet (USA/Canada), Dover Quartet (USA), Gémeaux Quartett (Switzerland), Linden String Quartet (USA/Canada), Navarra Quartet (UK/Ireland/the Netherlands), Noga Quartet (France/Israel), Quatuor Cavatine (France), and the Schumann Quartett (Germany). Complete quartet biographies:

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Trio Estonia Tours Ontario September 24 - 27

Concerts in Toronto, Peterborough, Waterloo and Markdale

Trio Estonia, an ensemble of Esto-Canadian and Estonian musicians, returns to Ontario for six concerts in four days, September 24-27.  It will give three concerts in Toronto, and one each in Peterborough, Markdale and Waterloo.

The tour schedule and program are below.  General information is available at www.cathedralbluffs.comwith updates  Tickets and telephone information may be obtained by calling 416-550-6465.  Tickets are available at the door.  Some concerts are free.

Formed two years ago as a transatlantic musical co-operative venture, the trio comprises violinist Arvo Leibur, pianist Norman Reintamm andcellist Aare Tammesalu.  Their home bases are Toronto and the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

In Toronto and Peterborough, the trio will be joined by well-known singers in their respective communities – Toronto-based baritone Avo Kittask, and Peterborough soprano Pam Birrell.  Among their selections will be songs by Esto-Canadian composer Udo Kasemets.

Trio Estonia's program ranges from the classics of Beethoven and Giovanni Battista Cirri to contemporary Estonian composers Arvo Pärt and Erkki Sven Tüür, and other contemporary composers much appreciated in Finland and Estonia – among them tango king Astor Piazzolla. 

Arvo Leibur is concertmaster of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Aare Tammesalu is one of the foremost cellists in the Nordic countries and artistic director of the Mustjala Music Festival in Estonia; Norman Reintamm is Conductor of Toronto's Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and former conductor at the Estonian National Opera.   

This tour is being sponsored by the Estonian Foundation of Canada/Estonian Cultural Foundation of the Government of Estonia under the auspices of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra of Toronto.


Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m. – Peterborough
Murray Street Baptist Church
175 Murray St
Tickets: $10; students $5
Information and tickets: 705-745-1820

Wednesday, September 25, 1 p.m. – Toronto (Scarborough)
University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus)
1265 Military Trail
Free admission

Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. – Toronto
Tartu College
310 Bloor St. W.
Tickets: $20
Information and tickets: 416-550-6465
Thursday, September 26, 12:10 p.m. – Toronto
Christ Church Deer Park- Nine Sparrows Concert Series
1570 Yonge St, 
Free admission

Thursday, September 26, 8 p.m. – Markdale
Barrhead Pub and Grill
735198 Westback Line (corner of Westback Line and Grey Road 12)
Tickets: $10
Information and tickets: 416-550-6465

FridaySeptember 27 – Waterloo 
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society series
57 Young St. W.
Tickets: $25; seniors $20; students $15


Giovanni Battista Cirri: Duet for Violin and Cello
Piazzolla: “The Seasons”
Sumera/Kangro/Kuulberg: Piano Trio “MaLeRa KaSuKu”

Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 No.1
Pärt: Fratres (violin and piano)
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Dedication (cello and piano)
Estonian Art Songs by Udo Kasemets, Mägi, Kapp, Lüdig


Monday, August 26, 2013

Cecilia String Quartet Opens Mooredale Concerts Season October 6th

With the Afiara String Quartet as Special Guests

“The balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect,” – Berliner Zeitung

The Cecilia String Quartet, first prize winner in the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, will be the first in a stunning array of high-level artists as Mooredale Concerts presents its 25th season.

The Quartet performs Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 and Haydn’sString Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 20, Sunday, October 6, 3:15 p.m. at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent (south of the Royal Ontario Museum). 

As well, the Afiara String Quartet, second prize winner in the 2010 Banff Competition, joins the Cecilia for the Octet in E flat by Mendelssohn, described by critic Conrad Wilson as “one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music.”  This concert marks the Afiara’s fourth Mooredale Concerts appearance.

Tickets are $30, or $20 for under age 30available online, or by calling 416-922-3714 ext. 103

Under the artistic direction of Anton Kuerti, Mooredale Concerts brings Toronto high quality, wide-ranging classical performances not featured anywhere else, at truly affordable prices.  This year’s six concerts can be enjoyed on subscription for only $130; seniors $120; and for patrons under 30, only $80.

MUSIC & TRUFFLES:  The Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets perform excerpts from the Mendelssohn Octet, and thrill young audiences with their music at Music & Truffles, Mooredale Concerts for young audiences 6-15, Sunday, October 6, 1:15 p.m. at Walter Hall.  Tickets, $13, are available online at, or by calling 416-922-3714 ext. 103.    Adults wishing to learn more about music and music-making are also welcome.  Subscriptions for all this season’s five concerts are only $50.

Named for the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet was formed when the four women were students at the University of Toronto.  Since winning the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, it has gone on to perform for leading presenters in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.  It is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Its concerts have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia, Canada (CBC/SRC) and Germany. In addition to performing, the Quartet has a four-CD contract with ANALEKTA, which has already released its Dvorak recording, and another featuring the music of by Janáček, Berg and Webern.

The summer of 2013 included a 10-day stay at Missouri’s Innsbrook Festival, performances at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound and Ottawa ChamberFest; and nine days at the Festival Internacional de Musica Clasica de Ribadeo in Spain, before performing with pianist Angela Cheng at the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

“The Afiara completely changed my pulse, breathing, and inner rhythms, when I went to speak, I choked up." – American Record Guide

Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award, top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also took the Szekely Prize for best Beethoven interpretation, Canada’s Afiara String Quartet has spent the summer of 2013 at the Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Tuckamore Festival, and at the Gala concert for the Banff International String Quartet Competition.  Its Mooredale Concerts appearance follows a three-week China tour that culminates in a teaching residency and concert at Soochow University.  The upcoming season includes dates in New York City, Mexico and California, as well as its responsibilities as Fellowship Quartet at the Royal Conservatory.

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 3:15 P.M. at Walter Hall
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Haydn: String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 20
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat

Also: performing a one-hour interactive performance featuring excerpts from the Mendelssohn Octet at Music & Truffles: a concert for young people 6-15, October 6 at 1:15 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Koerner Hall's 5th Seasons begins September 28 with Broadway Star Audra McDonald


Season Opening Gala with Audra McDonald

Two Specially Curated Series: La Dolce Musica and TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah & Sarah

As the 5th anniversary season begins at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall on Saturday, September 28, at 7 pm, Executive Director of Performing Arts, Mervon Mehta, welcomes the debut of Broadway star Audra McDonald. Ms. McDonald has five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, a long list of other accolades to her name, and she is the new host of Live From Lincoln Center. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for drama, she is equally at home on Broadway and concert stages as in roles on film and television. This special gala performance will include McDonald’s trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies, and pieces written specially for her by leading contemporary composers, including those from her new CD, Going Home. The concert is sold out, but a few “Broadway on Bloor” gala concert & dinner tickets are still available by calling 416.408.2824 x428.

La Dolce Musica concert series, dedicated to celebrating the music of la bella Italia, opens onSeptember 29 with the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) in a free concert that is part of Culture Days. In this concert the Grammy Award nominated ARC, ensemble-in-residence at The Conservatory and among Canada’s pre-eminent cultural ambassadors, presents Igor Stravinsky’sSuite italienne, Giacomo Puccini’s Chrysanthemums, Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Piano Quintet No. 1, and is joined by Canadian baritone Peter Barrett for Ottorino Respighi’s The Sunset for voice and string quartet.

The Royal Conservatory pays homage to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan on their 90thbirthdays in five specially curated concerts as part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah & Sarahconcert series. The first concert, on October 19, features jazz pianist and JAZZ.FM91 radio host, Joe Sealy, and new arrangements of songs made popular by both ladies. Sealy is joined by three of Canada’s finest vocalists Jackie Richardson, Arlene Duncan, and Ranee Lee, as well as an all-star band including Don Thompson (vibes), Reg Schwager (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (sax), Paul Novotny (bass), and Mark McLean (drums).

Classical concerts, in addition to the above mentioned ARC Ensemble, include Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Julian Kuerti on October 4Kuerti, who made a name for himself with his confident style, artistic integrity, and passion for musical collaboration, returns to The Conservatory withRichard Strauss’s “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and is joined by violinist Luri Lee, a Rebanks Fellow of The Glenn Gould School, in Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. Making a highly anticipated Koerner Hall debut isRussian cello virtuoso Mischa Maisky on October 10. Accompanied on the piano by his daughter,Lily Maisky, he will present Franz Schubert’s Cello Sonata in A Minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione;” Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire espagnoleDmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 and Elégie in E-flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1. This concert is co-presented by Show One Productions. The Invesco Piano Concerts begin on October 27 with the return of Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. In this concert, she explores Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28; Nikolai Kapustin’s Variations for Piano, Op. 41; and Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58, Nocturne No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 48, and Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47. Mazzoleni Masters series, which takes place in the intimate Mazzoleni Concert Hall, located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall, begin with distinguished artist and international piano pedagogue John Perry on September 22, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 570; Claude Debussy’Estampes, L. 100; Fryderyk Chopin’s Three Mazurkas, Op. 59; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110.

The World Music series kicks off with a double bill of David Broza and Yemen Blues on October 26, followed by “World Blues” featuring Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal on October 30. Often referred to as the “Israeli Springsteen,” multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Broza creates magic with his soulful voice and beautiful acoustic guitar work in songs that range from blues to flamenco. Led by the charismatic Ravid Kahalani, Yemen Blues invokes the spiritual and musical heritage rooted in Yemenite tradition, but within a groove and funk that is familiar and infectious. “World Blues” is a celebration of American blues music’s global influence, as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin. Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening also features the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the more modern rock and roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal.

Two additional concerts round out the beginning of Koerner Hall’s 5th anniversary: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin on October 17 and Chris Thile on October 25. Acclaimed songwriters and long-time friends, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (who returns to Koerner Hall after making her debut in February of 2011) share the stage as an intimate duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favourite songs. Widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians of his generation, mandolin playerChris Thile’s lyrical fusion of traditional bluegrass with elements from a range of other musical traditions is giving rise to a new genre of contemporary music. He has elevated the mandolin to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance, and in his Koerner Hall debut he will draw from his new Bach recording, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.

In additional news, The Royal Conservatory regrets to announce that Ana Moura, currently one of the most prestigious fadistas in Portugal, has had to postpone her May 2, 2014 concert at The Conservatory’s Koerner Hall until Friday, October 17, 2014. Ticket holders are advised to keep their tickets, which will remain valid for the new date. 

The Royal Conservatory’s 2013-14 concert season is made possible through the generous support of:
Major Sponsors: BMO, Invesco, Michael and Sonja Koerner, RBC Foundation, TD Bank
Concert Sponsors: Georgian Capital, Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, R. S. Williams and Sons Co., Rebanks Family, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Wine & Beverage Sponsors: Amsterdam Brewery, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, ESKA Natural Spring Water, Inniskillin
Government Supporters: Canada Arts Presentation Fund-Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council
Media Sponsors: Classical 96.3 FM, JAZZ.FM91, NOW,, ATN

September and October Concerts at The Royal Conservatory
John Perry (Mazzoleni Masters):
Sunday, September 22 at 2 pm | MCH; $32
Audra McDonald (Vocal Concerts):
Saturday, September 28 at 7 pm | KH; $50-$200
ARC Ensemble with Peter Barrett (Chamber Music; La Dolce Musica):
Sunday, September 29 at 3 pm | KH; FREE
Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Julian Kuerti with Luri Lee (Orchestra Concerts): 
Friday, October 4 at 8 pm | KH; $25-$55
Mischa Maisky with Lily Maisky (String Concerts):
Thursday, October 10 at 8 pm | KH; $35-$90
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Music Mix):
Thursday, October 17 at 8 pm | KH; $35-85
Joe Sealy with Jackie Richardson, Arlene Duncan, and Ranee Lee (TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah & Sarah):
Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm | KH; $40-80
Chris Thile (Music Mix):
Friday, October 25 at 8 pm | KH; $30-$65
David Broza and Yemen Blues (World Music):
Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm | KH; $35-$80
Yuja Wang (Invesco Piano Concerts):
Sunday, October 27 at 3 pm | KH; $35-$90
World Blues featuring Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal
(A Celebration of African Music): Wednesday, October 30 at 8 pm | KH; $45-$85

Venue Legend: KH Koerner HallMCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall

Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208,
or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

Create your own package: select any 4-6 concerts and save 10%; select any 7+ concerts and save 15%
A limited number of $10 BMO Rush Tickets are available starting 90 minutes before all performances presented by The Royal Conservatory.

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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ECM+ Generation 2014, Biennial Canadian Composition Contest : the winners

Montreal, August 20, 2013 – Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) is pleased to announce that the jury has selected the winners of its 8th Generation biennial composition contest: Marie-Pierre Brasset (Québec), Alec Hall (Ontario/New-York), Evelin Ramon (Québec/ La Havane) and Anthony Tan (Alberta/Berlin) will take part in the Generation2014 adventure starting next March.

With more than 60 very high-level applications from Canadian composers, aged 35 and under from all over the country, the final choice has proved quite challenging for the jury comprising renowned professionals from the Canadian new music community: Derek Charke (Composer and Associate Professor at Acadia University, Wolfville), Paul Frehner (Composer and Associate Professor at University of Western Ontario, London), Nicolas Gilbert (Composer and Writer, Montreal), Stefani Truant (Assistant Artistic Administrator at the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa), Owen Underhill (Composer, Conductor and Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver), Mark Wold (Managing director at the Banff Center), and Véronique Lacroix (Artistic Director of ECM+ and Professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal).

Over the course of the next 15 months, the four Generation2014 composers will explore their distinctive musical voice, write a new piece commissioned by Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) and join the Ensemble on a tour to introduce their music to audiences across Canada. Public workshops in Montréal in March 2014 will provide the young composers with the opportunity to experiment directly with ten ECM+ musicians conducted by Véronique Lacroix. They will then have six months to complete the composition that will be presented in November 2014 as part of an eight-concert tour across Canada’s major cities. The Generation2014 tour will begin with a five-day residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (November 2 to 7, 2014) before crossing the country from west to east with concerts in Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, and Halifax (Wolfville)[2].
ECM+ and its Artistic Director Véronique Lacroix wish to congratulate the winners of the Generation2014 composition contest and are looking forward to present the music of these four talented young composers to Canadian audiences.

About the Generation project...

With a mandate to support and promote young composers, ECM+ developed Ateliers & Concert in 1994 before renaming it Generation, when it expanded into a national event in 2000. The only project of its kind in Canada, Generation discovers young composers and provides them with a unique environment for musical research and exploration involving live experimentation with musicians as well as a large exposure to the Canadian professional musical scene. For the past 19 years, the Generation project has presented a total of 51 Canadian composers, most of whom are currently leading thriving careers. The Audience Choice Award, added in 2010, now allows the audience of each city to vote for their favorite composition. The author of the winning work receives a commission grant of $1,500 for a new piece. In 2012, the prize was awarded to Riho Esko Maimets for Beatitude, a work for violin and chamber orchestra. His most recent composition, Lines suspended, commissioned by ECM+ as a result of the award, will be premiered during the opening concert of the 2013-14 season of the ECM+.

A few words about the Generation2014 composers...

Marie-Pierre Brasset (1981) Quebec

Marie-Pierre Brasset holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from Université Laval (class of Eric Morin), as well as a Master’s degree from Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (classes of Michel Gonneville, in composition, and Serge Provost, in analysis). With the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, she is currently preparing a doctorate on vocal music at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Isabelle Panneton. In addition to her studies in music, she has obtained a bachelor degree with major in History, culture and society from Université du Québec à Montréal.
 Her contemplative listening of nature guides her music towards a broad and organic formal breathing as well as a profusion of melodic and motivic inventions. The ideas of directness and clarity imposed themselves little by little to her aesthetic, expressing a will to establish an intimate relationship between composer, performer and listener.

Alec Hall (1985) Ontario/New York

Alec Hall currently lives in New York City where he studies with George Lewis in the doctoral program at Columbia University. His work is frequently performed throughout Europe and North America, with notable premieres by the Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the JACK Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble, among others. He has won five prizes in the SOCAN competition for young composers and was a finalist for the Jules Leger Prize in 2011.
Principal teachers include Tristan Murail, Philippe Manoury and Fred Lerdahl, while he has also worked closely with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi and Roger Reynolds. He is also the founder and co-director of Qubit, a non-profit organization in New York dedicated to presenting events highlighting new and experimental works with electronics.
Hall holds a M.A. in composition from the University of California, San Diego and a B.Mus. in composition and violin performance from McGill University.
His works are primarily experimental in nature, with a strong focus on semanticity and representation in acoustic structures.

Evelin Ramon (1979) Quebec/Cuba

A native of Cuba, Evelin Ramon completed a Master’s degree in composition from Université de Montréal under the supervision of Ana Sokolovic. She previously studied piano, choir conducting and singing at Santiago de Cuba’s Conservatory, as well as composition at Universidad de las Artes of Havana. She has attended seminars led by Mauricio Sotelo, Beat Furrer, Philippe Leroux, John Rea, Denys Bouliane et Lasse Thoresen.
 Her work has been rewarded by first prizes at the Universidad de las Artes music festival, at the national composition contest of Havana and at the Concours de composition d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal (2011). She also won the Concours de composition Serge-Garant 2011 and the 2010 composition contest of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. In 2012, Evelin won a residency in composition of the Faculté de Musique de l’UdM, which allowed her to work with the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal.
 Her music has been performed in Canada by renowned ensembles and orchestras such as Transmission, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, L’orchestre Symphonique de l’Université de Montréal, l’Orchestre Les Grands Vents de Montréal, and in Spain, Germany, Venezuela, France, Denmark and Cuba.
 Her creative work is currently based on her research concerning the idea of noise as main generator of her musical ideas.

Anthony Tan (1978) Alberta/Berlin

Anthony Tan is a Canadian composer now residing in Germany. His music has been performed by Ensemble Recherche, Les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Cairn, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Ensemble Moderne Akademie, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
He has presented his music at the Stockholm Sound and Music Computing Conference, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, ICMC, Voix-Nouvelles, Domain Forget and Acanthes. Also involved with music for contemporary dance, he has written for the Merce Cunningham School, Tangente, and the Bravo!FACT dance movie commissions.
Awards include a 2012 Stipendium from the Experimental Studio, the 2011 Giga-Hertz Prize from the ZKM and Experimental Studio, laureate of the International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage, and the Médaille d’or in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Anthony is currently pursuing the Meisterklasse at the Musikhochschule Dresden with Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. (ABD) from McGill University in Montreal, under the supervision of John Rea (Composition) and Steven McAdams (Psychoacoustics). From 2009 to 2010 he studied mixed music with Philippe Leroux and the analysis of electroacoustic music with Robert Normandeau at the Université de Montréal.
The interplay between poetic intent and musical structure remains a central question in his work

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Concours biennal de composition canadienne, L’ECM+ dévoile le visage des quatre jeunes compositeurs de Génération 2014 !

Montréal, le 20 août 2013 - Le jury de la 8ème édition du concours biennal de composition canadienne Génération de l'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) a rendu son verdict : Les compositeurs Marie-Pierre Brasset (Québec), Alec Hall (Ontario/New-York), Evelin Ramon (Québec/La Havane) et Anthony Tan (Alberta/Berlin) prendront part à l’aventure de Génération2014 dès le mois de mars.

Après avoir étudié les candidatures de haut calibre de plus de 60 compositeurs canadiens diplômés, âgés de 35 ans et moins et provenant des quatre coins du pays, le défi était de taille pour les membres du jury constitué de personnalités reconnues de la communauté de musique contemporaine canadienne : Derek Charke, compositeur et professeur associé à l'Université Acadia en Nouvelle-Écosse, Paul Frehner, compositeur et professeur associé à l'Université de Western Ontario, Nicolas Gilbert, compositeur et écrivain du Québec, Stefani Truant, adjointe à l’administration artistique de l'Orchestre du Centre National des Arts d'Ottawa, Owen Underhill, compositeur, chef d’orchestre et directeur de la School for the Contemporary Arts de l’Université Simon Fraser à Vancouver, Mark Wold, directeur général au Banff Centre d’Alberta, et Véronique Lacroix, directrice artistique de l'ECM+ et professeur au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

Au fil des quinze prochains mois, les quatre compositeurs de Génération2014 auront l'opportunité d'explorer leur langage musical et d'écrire une nouvelle œuvre commandée par l'ECM+, en plus d'accompagner le groupe dans une tournée pancanadienne qui présentera leur nouvelle création au public canadien. Les ateliers publics de composition Ateliers et Mini-concerts qui se dérouleront à Montréal en mars 2014 verront ces impétueux compositeurs à l’œuvre dans une expérimentation en direct avec 10 musiciens de l'ECM+ dirigés par Véronique Lacroix. Chaque compositeur disposera ensuite d'une période de six mois pour écrire la version finale de sa pièce qui sera présentée l'automne suivant lors d'une importante tournée de huit concerts parcourant les principales villes du Canada. La tournée Génération2014 s’amorcera de nouveau avec une résidence de cinq jours au Banff Centre - du 2 au 7 Novembre 2014 - avant une traversée d’ouest en est du pays avec des concerts à Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, et Halifax (Wolfville)[1].

Les musiciens de l’ECM+ et sa directrice artistique Véronique Lacroix souhaitent féliciter les gagnants du concours de composition Génération 2014 et sont impatients de présenter la musique de ces quatre talentueux compositeurs au public canadien!

Quelques mots à propos du projet Génération ...

En accord avec son mandat de soutenir et de faire connaître la jeune création musicale canadienne, l'ECM+ a créé les Ateliers et Concert en 1994 avant de renommer le projet Génération, lorsqu'il atteignit une envergure nationale en 2000 ayant mené à plus de sept tournées canadiennes. Unique au Canada, Génération permet de découvrir de nouveaux talents et facilite les démarches de recherche et d'exploration des compositeurs qui nécessitent une expérimentation en direct avec les musiciens. La tournée pancanadienne offre également à ces jeunes une visibilité incomparable sur la scène musicale canadienne, alors qu’ils amorcent leur carrière. Depuis ses débuts il y a 19 ans, Génération a révélé 51 compositeurs canadiens, dont plusieurs poursuivent actuellement de brillantes activités musicales. Ajouté en 2010, le Prix du Public Génération permet au public de chaque ville visitée par la tournée de voter pour son œuvre favorite et d’octroyer une bourse de 1500$ au compositeur gagnant, par la commande d’une nouvelle oeuvre. Le Prix du public Génération 2012 a été décerné au compositeur Riho Esko Maimets pour Beatitude, une pièce pour violon et orchestre de chambre. Sa plus récente œuvre, Lines suspended - résultat de la commande associée à ce Prix - sera créée au concert d’ouverture de la saison 2013-2014 de l’ECM+.

À propos des compositeurs sélectionnés ...

Marie-Pierre Brasset (née en 1981), Québec

Marie-Pierre Brasset a complété un baccalauréat en composition à l’Université Laval auprès d’Éric Morin, puis une maîtrise au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal dans les classes de Michel Gonneville (composition) et Serge Provost (analyse). Soutenue par le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, elle prépare actuellement un doctorat portant sur la musique vocale à l’Université de Montréal sous la direction d’Isabelle Panneton. En plus de sa formation en musique, elle a obtenu un baccalauréat avec majeure en Histoire, culture et société à l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

Son écoute contemplative de la nature guide sa musique vers une respiration formelle ample et organique ainsi qu’un foisonnement d’inventions mélodiques et motiviques. L’immédiateté et la clarté se sont peu à peu imposées à son esthétique, qui traduit une volonté d’établir un rapport intime entre la compositrice, l’instrumentiste et l’auditeur.

Alec Hall (né en 1985), Ontario / New York

Alec Hall, natif de Toronto, habite présentement à New York où il poursuit un doctorat à la Columbia University auprès de George Lewis. Sa musique a été fréquemment interprétée en Europe ainsi qu’en Amérique du Nord, notamment par l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, SurPlus Ensemble, le quatuor à cordes JACK, International Contemporary Ensemble et Talea Ensemble. Il a remporté cinq prix au concours pour jeunes compositeurs de la SOCAN et a été finaliste pour le prix Jules Léger en 2011.
Alec a étudié, entre autres, auprès de Tristan Murail, Philippe Manoury et Fred Lerdahl en plus d’avoir travaillé étroitement avec Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi et Roger Reynolds. En 2010, il a fondé Qubit, une association à but non lucratif basée à New York qui se consacre à la présentation et à la création de nouvelles œuvres expérimentales avec électronique.
Alec est titulaire d’une maîtrise en composition de l’Université de Californie à San Diego et d’un baccalauréat  en composition et violon de l’Université McGill.

Ses œuvres sont principalement de nature expérimentale et résultent d’un intérêt marqué pour la sémantique et la représentation dans les structures acoustiques.

Evelin Ramon (née en 1979), Québec / Cuba

Originaire de Cuba, Evelin Ramon a complété une maîtrise en composition à l’Université de Montréal sous la direction d’Ana Sokolovic. Elle a étudié au Conservatoire de musique de Santiago de Cuba et à l’Universidad de las Artes de La Havane en composition. Elle a participé aux séminaires, entre autres, de Mauricio Sotelo, Beat Furrer, Philippe Leroux, John Rea, Denys Bouliane et Lasse Thoresen.
Ses œuvres ont été récompensées par des premiers prix dans le cadre du Festival de musique de la Universidad de las Artes, du Concours national de composition de La Havane et du Concours de composition d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal. Elle a aussi été lauréate du Concours de composition Serge-Garant 2011 et du Concours de composition 2010 de l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. En 2012, Evelin a obtenu une résidence de composition à la Faculté de Musique de l’UdM qui lui a permis de travailler avec l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal.
Sa musique a été interprétée au Canada par des ensembles et orchestres renommés tels que Transmission, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Université de Montréal, l’Orchestre Les Grands Vents de Montréal, ainsi qu’en Espagne, en Allemagne, au Venezuela, en France, au Danemark et à Cuba.

En ce moment, son travail de création est basé sur les recherches qu’elle effectue à propos du bruit comme principal générateur de ses idées musicales.

Anthony Tan (né en 1978), Alberta / Berlin

Anthony Tan est un compositeur canadien résidant actuellement en Allemagne. Sa musique a été interprétée, entre autres, par l’Ensemble Recherche, Les Cris de Paris, l’Ensemble Cairn, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, l’Ensemble Moderne Akademie et Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
Ses oeuvres ont été entendues dans de nombreux festivals, notamment la Stockholm Sound and Music Computing Conference, New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, ICMC, Voix Nouvelles, Domaine Forget et Acanthes. Aussi intéressé par la danse contemporaine, il a composé pour la Merce Cunningham School, Tangente, ainsi que Bravo!FACT dance movie.
Son travail a été récompensé par une bourse de l’Experimental Studio (2012) et par le prix Giga-Hertz du ZKM et de l’Experimental Studio (2011). Il a été lauréat de la compétition internationale de live-electronics des Klangwerktage de Hambourg ainsi que d’une Médaille d’or en piano du Royal Conservatory of Music.
Anthony termine actuellement un diplôme de Meisterklasse à la Musikhochschule Dresden auprès de Mark Andre et de Franz Martin Olbrisch. Il est titulaire d’un doctorat (ABD) de l’Université McGill, sous la supervision de John Rea (Composition) et de Steven McAdams (Psychoacoustique). En 2009 et 2010, il a étudié la musique mixte auprès de Philippe Leroux et de Robert Normandeau à l’Université de Montréal.

L’interaction entre l’intention poétique et la structure musicale occupe une place centrale dans son travail de composition.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

$1 Million Gift to Tafelmusik's Revitalization of Trinity-St. Paul's Centre

The Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman dedicates $1 Million Gift to Jeanne Lamon
for Tafelmusik’s Venue Revitalization of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
August 20, 2013 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir today announced a $1 million leadership gift from the Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman towards the $3 million dollar Venue Revitalization Project at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (TSP), Tafelmusik’s home venue since 1981 and home to a number of performing arts organizations. The Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman has dedicated the gift in honour of Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik’s Music Director since 1981. Today’s announcement brings the total revenue raised for both renovation phases to $2.5 million. Tafelmusik will now refer to its venue as Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, honouring more than three decades of exceptional leadership by Jeanne Lamon, who will be celebrating her final year as full-time Music Director this season. Detailed information on Tafelmusik’s Venue Revitalization Project, including a brochure, renderings and photos of the work-in-progress are available for download at Tafelmusik’s website. The renovations have been designed by heritage building specialists E.R.A. Architects Inc. and are being completed by contractors Clifford Restoration. 
The Phase One renovation work will be completed in late September 2013, with the first public concerts in the renewed venue taking place October 3-6, 2013.  The renovations have been undertaken in collaboration with Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, the centre of a wide range of faith, social justice and arts activities in Toronto’s Annex community. The project represents the culmination of ten years of collective visioning and planning for the revitalization of this 1889 heritage building.
The renovation is also generously supported by the Cultural Spaces Canada programme of Canadian Heritage with a $500,000 matching contribution.
“Tafelmusik has proven itself in Canada and on the world stage for many years now as a leading period instrument orchestra, and was badly in need of a renovated home venue that would be in harmony with its distinct artistic personality and high level of artistic accomplishment. As I have long respected Jeanne Lamon and admired her tremendous contribution to the arts in Canada and abroad, it is an immense pleasure for me to make a gift in honour of this great musician,” said the Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman.
“I am so deeply honoured by Mr. Jackman’s generous gift to Tafelmusik, and am touched beyond words by his donation in my honour. He has been a great friend to Tafelmusik since our early days, and his belief in us has been steadfast as we have grown to international stature.  He is a true philanthropist and visionary for the arts in Canada, and I know that Mr. Jackman’s leadership and support has created a legacy that will help sustain Tafelmusik and the arts for many generations,” said Jeanne Lamon.
“Tafelmusik’s deep roots in the Annex community are anchored in Trinity St. Paul's,” said Tafelmusik’s Managing Director Tricia Baldwin, who has headed up the renovation project on behalf of Tafelmusik.  “This is a great success story about the collaboration between organizations from different sectors to create a much-loved and essential community space. This revitalization project would not have been possible without the hard work and support of Trinity-St. Paul’s dedicated volunteers Bob Fugere andLorna Niebergall, the staff, the church boards and the vibrant congregation. Tafelmusik’s Principal Oboist John Abberger has been part of the planning from the beginning, and has been a great champion of the artistic improvements of the space. I thank our wonderful, hard-working Tafelmusik Board and staff for dedicating many hours of energy and care to the project. Through our collective efforts, we have restored this beautiful heritage building where worship and the arts are celebrated by thousands within our community.” 
Tafelmusik also acknowledged the outstanding support of many individual donors, including major gifts from Tom Bogart and Kathy TamakiScott and Ellen Hand and Trina and Don McQueen.
Andy Kenins, Chair of Tafelmusik’s Board of Directors said, “We are all very grateful for this generous gift from Mr. Jackman, which has made a fundamental impact on Tafelmusik, and we are very touched that he did so in honour of our much-loved music director, Jeanne Lamon. Our significantly enhanced home venue will ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of Tafelmusik, and will help many thriving arts organizations in the Annex community that call Trinity-St. Paul’s home. I would like to personally thank the members of the Tafelmusik Board of Directors for their support, which has been absolutely outstanding.”
For years, Tafelmusik has played in the best concert halls around the world. The ambitious two-phase revitalization of the Trinity-St. Paul’s venue ensures that its large and loyal home audience experiences Tafelmusik in a venue of similar calibre. The enhancements will help create a performance experience of the highest standard, while honouring the sacred and historic nature of the church.
Phase One renovations will include the installation of a new stage, floors and seats, increased seating for wheelchairs, and the painting of the sanctuary inspired by its original historical design. Acoustical improvements have been designed by acclaimed acoustician Bob Essert, whose previous projects include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory.
Phase Two of the Revitalization Project will be undertaken in 2014 and 2015, and will focus on the further restoration and enhancement of spaces in Trinity-St. Paul’s. Future plans also include increased accessibility and aesthetic improvements to this beautiful heritage Romanesque revival building, and the addition of new lighting and multimedia equipment in the sanctuary.
Tafelmusik has engaged an internationally acclaimed team to realize the revitalization project:  E.R.A. Architectsled by Principal-in-Charge Edwin Rowse and architects Joey Giamo, Jordan Molnar andAmy Norris; heritage building contractors Clifford Restoration, London-based acoustician Bob Essert ofSound Space DesignAnne Minors of Anne Minors Performance Consultants, and Dory Vanderhoofof Genovese, Vanderhoof and Associates.
Tafelmusik will continue its capital fundraising campaign – currently ahead of schedule with $2.5 million raised towards the $3 million goal – with ongoing individual, foundation, corporate and government requests for support. Tafelmusik operates deficit-free with an annual $5.4 million budget, and has a $4.4 million endowment fund.

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