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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Canadian Day in Rome - Revisited at Toronto's Lula Lounge December 3

Soprano Jana Miller, violinist Guillaume Tardif, clarinetist Kornel Wolak,
pianist Younggun Kim and Dominic Mancuso Group

Musicians who took part in Canadian Day July 5 in Rome reprise their performances in a concert titled Canadian Day Revisited, at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West (west of Dufferin),Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m.  Doors open 6:30 for dinner reservations.

The evening brings together Montreal soprano Jana Miller, Toronto clarinetist Kornel Wolak, and Edmonton violinist Guillaume Tardif, together with Toronto’s Dominic Mancuso Group.   They will be joined by Toronto pianist Younggun Kim.*

Admission is pay-what-you-can.  Dinner (with concert) reservations may be made by calling 416-588-0307, or made on line  Dinner reservations guarantee concert seating.

The event is presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, which has more information posted at

Jana Miller, Guillaume Tardif, Kornel Wolak and Younggun Kimwill offer stunning classical performances featuring music by Brahms, Schubert, Poulenc, Rossini and Nikolai Kapustin, and Canadians Colin Eatock and Jean Papineau-Couture (full program below). The second half will showcase the JUNO Award-winning Dominic Mancuso Group in Sicilian-inspired jazz and world music.

Miller, Tardif, Wolak and the Dominic Mancuso Group had all performed during Canadian Day, July 5 at Rome’s Accademia Filarmonica Romana.  Canada was one of five countries invited to present its art and culture as part of the AFR’s weeklong Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations.

Revenue from the December 3 concert will help offset the artists’ travel and hotel expenses from the summer’s Rome trip.

Ann Summers Dossena, founder of the IRCPA, and producer of the July 5 Canadian Day concert, is also producing Canadian Day Revisited.  “Our Canadian artists did us proud in Rome,” she said, adding, “The excellence of the performances and variety of the program kept the intensity throughout the concert.  Toronto audiences will enjoy a similar experience December 3 at Lula Lounge.”
Sandro Cappelletto, artistic director of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, wrote Summers Dossena, “My deepest admiration for your job, and for the quality of the artists you invited. Canada, a great nation.” 

The IRCPA is a registered charity, and accepting donations via Canada Helps,  Alternatively, cheques made payable to the IRCPA may be mailed to IRCPA, 43 Bright Street, Toronto ON M5A 3H5, or using Visa faxed to 416-359-0043.  All donations will be acknowledged. Donors of $50 or more will receive a tax receipt, plus a copy of the July 5 live steamed broadcast of the classical concert.

Canadian Day was presented with the help of the City of Vaughan, Mirvish Productions, Summers International, Faye Perkins, theGlenn Gould Estate; Glenn Gould Foundation; the President's Fund, University of Alberta; and anonymous donors.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists presents
Featuring artists from Canadian Day concert in Rome*
At Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m.


Brahms: Sonata Op. 120, No. 1
(Allegro appassionato and Vivace)
Kornel Wolak, clarinet; Younggun Kim*, piano

Jean Papineau-Couture (1916-2000): Aria
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865): Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Erlkönig, Op.26
Guillaume Tardif, violin

Francis Poulenc: Intermezzo in A flat major
Nikolai Kapustin (1937- ): Concert Etude Op. 40-1
Younggun Kim, piano

Colin Eatock (1958-): Ashes of Soldiers
Jana Miller, soprano; Kornel Wolak, clarinet; Younggun Kim, piano

Rossini: Theme and Variations
Kornel Wolak, Younggun Kim

Schubert: The Shepherd On The Rock
Jana Miller, Kornel Wolak, Younggun Kim


World music and jazz
The Dominic Mancuso Group

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Performs in Newly Revitalized Jeanne Lamon Hall

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir performs first concerts in newly-revitalized 
Trinity-St. Paul’s, Jeanne Lamon HallPurcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome —November 6 to 10
Directed by Ivars Taurins with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and tenor Charles Daniels
“It is the aural equivalent of seeing a video screen in colour after having spent several hours watching something in black-and-white.” — Musical Toronto

Toronto, October 25, 2013 … From November 6 to 10, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir gives its first performances in its newly-revitalized home of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Choir DirectorIvars Taurins conducts Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome, a programme featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and guest soloists, soprano Suzie LeBlanc and tenorCharles Daniels.  

During rehearsals in the acoustically-enhanced Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, Ivars Taurins said, "It has been many years of discussing, dreaming, and hoping  for Tafelmusik's home at Trinity St. Paul's to be revitalized not only as a place of worship and community, but also as a state-of-the-art concert venue for Tafelmusik and our Toronto audience. It is truly remarkable that these aspirations have been accomplished in a mere matter of months, creating a space of stunning visual and aural beauty.  At Tafelmusik Chamber Choir's first rehearsal this season — as we sang our first notes in the warm, vibrant acoustics — our faces beamed with delight! We look forward to sharing with our audience, through our reinvigorated music-making, our collective joy and excitement about our "new" home.”
Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome pairs the music of two masters of the seventeenth century, the leading composers of their respective cities. The selection of airs and choruses assembled by Ivars Taurins for the first half of the programme are drawn from one of Purcell’s most famous theatrical works—The Fairy Queen—and from the many odes composed by Purcell for royal and public occasions.
The programme is bookended by two works by Giacomo Carissimi, with the composer’s setting of the psalm Beatus vir scored for two choirs and continuo opening the concerts. Carissimi's magnificent biblical oratorio Jepthe, featuring Charles Daniels in the title role and Suzie LeBlanc in the tragic role of his daughter Filia, closes the programme.
Born in Acadia, the charismatic soprano Suzie LeBlanc provides convincing evidence for the popularity of early music while exploring French mélodies, Lieder, Acadian songs, contemporary music, and the art of improvisation. Ms. LeBlanc has commissioned Canadian composers to write settings of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, and these songs were recently released on Centrediscs under the title I Am in Need of Music. Her upcoming performances include recitals with Les Voix Humaines for the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Montreal Bach Festival, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Toronto Masque Theatre.
Charles Daniels is known for his magnificently nuanced and sophisticated musicianship, and his singing and “transcendent vocal virtuosity” (The Guardian) has enthused audiences around the world. His repertoire extends 1150 years from the ninth century to the present day. Born in Salisbury, Daniels received his musical training at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music in London. His more than ninety recordings include Messiah (Gabrieli Consort), The Beggar’s Opera, Schütz Christmas Story, Bach Easter Oratorio (Taverner Consort), and over twenty discs of Purcell’s music.
As part of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors series, public Guest Artist Masterclasses will be offered with Suzie LeBlanc and Charles Daniels on Saturday November 9  from  11 AM to 3 PM. Participants have the opportunity to work with these mentors in public masterclasses and to see them in performance. Tickets for auditors are only $10 and are available at the door. For more information, Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors programme is generously supported by the RBC Foundation.

Listing information:
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome
With soloists Suzie LeBlanc (soprano) and Charles Daniels (tenor)
Directed by Ivars Taurins

Dates + Times:                           Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall
                                                         Wed Nov 6 at 7pm*
         Thu Nov 7Fri Nov 8Sat Nov 9 at 8pm
                                                         Sun Nov 10 at 3:30 pm                                 

*Audience Talkback with select musicians following the concert
Ticket Prices:                            Regular: $37-$87
                                                       65+: $29-$78
                                                    35 and Under: $15-$78 
Venue:                                         Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St West, Toronto ON                                                      
Box Office:                                  416.964.6337
Online:                                        /      @tafelmusik

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Marquis Releases Christina Petrowska Quilico CD of Brazilian Composer Ernesto Nazareth

Celebrating 150th anniversary of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, internationally acclaimed as a leading interpreter of contemporary music, swings into a new direction with a new two-CD set of Brazilian tangos.

Released by Marquis, Tangos Brasileiros (MAR 81519) celebrates the sesquicentennial of Brazil’s most famous composer of the dance form, Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934).  The album features 24 short works by the composer who was greatly influenced by Chopin as well as the variety of music of his native Brazil.  The great pianist Arthur Rubinstein was amongst the earliest champions of his music. Composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Darius Milhaud were also fans.  Recordings exist of Nazareth playing his own music, but only a few other pianists have recorded albums of Nazareth tangos.

Tangos Brasileiros is available for sale ($19.98).

Petrowska Quilico came to this music through “a love for all Latin music: Argentine tangos, Brazilian sambas, Bossa Nova.  However, I feel a particular affinity for the tangos of Nazareth, which seem to combine the sensual world of the Argentine tango with the quicker Brazilian dance forms.” 

Nazareth’s music presents challenges that are different from the well-known Argentinean tango.  As Petrowska Quilico notes, “His music features the almost imperceptible delay of the downbeat, the languorous breaths, and the required ability to play alternating syncopations with both hands while highlighting rhythms that have pulse but are not metronomic. Nazareth played his own compositions with a gentler touch than the percussive technique of jazz or ragtime – even though the rhythms of ragtime are obvious in the left hand.  Nazareth’s music evokes tropical parties, reflecting the rapidly changing moods and tempi of dancers.”

In the late 1990’s, Petrowska Quilico became convinced that the only way to achieve the subtle rhythmic flexibility was to be able to dance to the music.  She enrolled in tango lessons in Toronto, where she came to understand, as she says, “the harmonious bond between movement and music, feet and hands, and those hypnotic and mesmerizing tango dreams of a bygone era.”  As she gained knowledge and confidence in the dance, her playing improved.  She also entered numerous ballroom dance competitions, placing first often enough to stow away a boxload of trophies. 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Christine Petrowska Quilico performs in tribute to Canadian Women Composers

Tribute to Canadian Women Composers November 24 at The Music Gallery


Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, one of Canada’s leading interpreters of contemporary music, joins the Koffler Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jacques Israelievitch for Music She Wrote: A Tribute to Canadian Women Composers. 

The concert, featuring two piano concertos and two works for orchestra, takes place Sunday, November 24 at 7 p.m. at The Music Gallery, 197 John Street.  Tickets and info are available or by phone at 416-638-1881 x4333.  Advance Tickets are $20; Students $15.  At the door, tickets are $25, students $20.

For the program, Christina Petrowska Quilico joins the Orchestra and Maestro Israelievitch for piano concerti by two Canadian women composers: Piano Concerto No. 3 for piano and strings by Heather Schmidt; and Divertimento for Piano and Strings by Violet Archer (1913-2000). 

As well, the Koffler Chamber Orchestra also performs two orchestral works: Webster’s Spin by Ann Southam (1937-2010), and A Prayer by Larysa Kuzmenko.

It is interesting that Christina Petrowska Quilico has been connected with the music of all four composers.  She gave the North American premiere of the Archer concerto in the 1980s. Heather Schmidt wrote her second piano concerto for Petrowska Quilico.  It was Petrowska Quilico’s CD performances of piano concerti by Schmidt and Kuzmenko, as well as her CD of Southam’s Glass Houses that garnered JUNO nominations for the three composers.

The concert is the first in the 2013-14 season of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra. The Koffler Chamber Orchestra is the only one of its kind in Toronto, comprising some of the city’s best-regarded professional musicians, who perform with community members and music students under the direction of acclaimed violinist and former TSO Concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch.

Hailed by the New York Times at 14 for her “promethean talent” after making her orchestral debutalong with Murray Perahia, Christina Petrowska Quilico has appeared at Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls.  She has also been soloist with the Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras, Kindred Spirits Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as with orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, Taiwan and Greece; and with leading Canadiansmaller ensembles.  Juilliard-trained, she studied in Europe with famed composers, and has long been one of Canada’s leading interpreters of new music – premiering 16 piano concerti and recording numerous contemporary works – four earning JUNO Awards nominations – as well as standard repertoire.  Among her 30-some recorded titles are eight piano concerti.  This current season,Petrowska Quilico tours Canada’s East Coast, playing the music of Ann Southam for Toronto Dance Theatre’s acclaimed production, Rivers; tours Greece, performing Visions, the music of Constantine Caravassilis (released in 2013 on Centrediscs); and releases a new two-CD set, Tangos Brasileiros,on the Marquis label (MAR 81519).

Since 1987, she has been a Full Professor of Piano and Musicology at York University.

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch is one of the most distinguished concert artists in North America. Born in France, Mr. Israelievitch made his debut on French National Radio at the age of 11 and graduated from the Paris Conservatory at just 16, upon which he was a prizewinner at the Paganini International Competition. At age 23, he was appointed by Sir Georg Solti as Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1978, he became Concertmaster of the SaintLouis Symphony Orchestra. The 2007-2008 season marked Mr. Israelievitch’s 20th and final year as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – the longest such tenure in the ensemble’s history. His time in Toronto has been highlighted by annual appearances as both soloist and conductor. As a conductor, Mr. Israelievitch has led the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles in France, North America, and Japan. Since 2005, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra. In 1995, Jacques Israelievitch received a knighthood from the French government, which inducted him into the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2004, he was promoted to the honorable status of Officer, one of France’s highest cultural honours.

Since the fall of 2008, Mr. Israelievitch has been a full-time professor in the fine arts faculty at York University. He also taught for many years at the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music. Mr. Israelievitch has taught and given master classes at the New World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, McGill University, Central Conservatory in Beijing, and the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, among others.

As violinist and pianist, Jacques Israelievitch and Christina Petrowska Quilico have given a number of duo recitals, in music ranging from Mozart to modern.


Koffler Centre of the Arts is Canada’s only multidisciplinary, contemporary Jewish cultural institution. It has a broad mandate to welcome all and present a wide range of artistic programs, through a global lens, in a distinctly Canadian context.
The Koffler programs around the City of Toronto at several locations. Koffler Gallery exhibitions and related programs and the Koffler’s administrative offices are based at Artscape Youngplace, in the vibrant downtown West Queen West art and design district (opening November 2013). Koffler visual art and ceramic classes for all ages are held at the Prosserman JCC on Sherman Campus and at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on Lebovic Campus in Vaughan. Koffler multidisciplinary programs take place across the GTA at various venues.
Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our patrons and members. The Koffler Centre of the Arts is an agency of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. The Koffler Chamber Orchestra is generously supported by Leslie Dan and Family.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Artist Manager Ann Summers Dossena Retires


Toronto, October 16, 2013 – After 55 years as an artist manager, Ann Summers Dossena of Ann Summers International has announced her retirement from artists’ management.  Honoured by her industry in 2012, she has had a distinguished career in which she created and oversaw many innovations in music and the other performing arts.  She intends to devote herself to fulfilling her vision for one of these – the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA), the non-profit, charitable organization she founded in the 1980s to help singers, dancers and other performing artists develop their full potential.

Summers Dossena and the IRCPA Board of Directors will be able to move forward with IRCPA projects.  Chief among them is to fundraise and acquire space to accommodate libraries of donated scores, mentor artists one on one and in groups, hold round-table discussions exchanging ideas and challenges, and to continue the workshops Career Moves and Encounters with Employers.  These workshops provide, amongst other things, a place for artists to try out new directions for advice, without risk to their career.  Suchcelebrated Canadian singers as sopranos Adrianne Pieczonka and Isabel Bayrakdarian, and tenor Colin Ainsworth were helped by the IRCPA. More information is at

The IRCPA most recently presented the Canadian Day event in Rome in July.  Thirteen Canadian artists made their Rome debut performances in a day that also showcased Canadian photographs, TV documentaries and a lecture/discussion about Glenn Gould.  The musical portion will be reprised in Toronto as Canadian Day Revisited, Tuesday, December 3, at 8 p.m. when the two concerts will be performed at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.  Reservations and Information are available

It was on Thanksgiving weekend in 1957 that the then Ann Suthons was welcomed to the United States by an immigration officer and modestly began a career that would see her establishing offices in New York City, Rome and Toronto, producing concerts and managing the careers of such well-known artists as Metropolitan Opera singers George Shirley, Clarice Carson, Shirley Love and Louis Quilico, Dorian Woodwind Quintet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Claremont String Quartet, and most recently pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and clarinetist Kornel Wolak.

The day after her New York arrival, she began the job that had brought her there, as secretary for the Actors’ Equity Association.  Only a few months later, the AEA president, actor Ralph Bellamy, invited her to work for his agent, Howard Hausman, second in command at the William Morris agency.  In a third move, a few months later, to the Herbert Barrett Management as secretary to Mr. Barrett, she found her niche. With the permission of Barrett, who recommended she change her surname to Summers, she began working from home to develop a chamber music department.  In the fall of 1958, because of family problems, she left the Barrett office and established Ann Summers Management, incorporating in 1960. 

 Among her accomplishments was initiating the Extended Engagement Plan in New York to develop and create full–time employment for chamber music artists, and at the same time stimulate the interest of concertgoers.  Now known as the Artist in Residence program, it is funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Chamber Music America. Chamber groups, including jazz ensembles, were organized as membership corporations, allowing many groups to stabilize through long-term planning.

Ms. Summers produced the first series of concerts presented by Carnegie Hall after it was saved from the wrecking ball. These included the Visiting Orchestra series, which still remains today. She created the Concert Party series of informal concerts that developed audience-building and marketing techniques now traditional in many cities.  She produced the first professional music tours to East and West Africa by the Dorian Quintet and Claremont Quartet for the American State Department, resulting in a reception in Washington with President Johnson and the signing into law of the National Endowment. 

In 1969, Concert Party extended to Rome, Italy. Marriage to RAI TV Director, the late Armando Dossena, led to a base in Rome, where Summers Dossena worked as a presenter and producer of many high profile arts events, including a performances in Rome of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta as part of their State Department European tour, the three-week Music and Architecture Festival featuring over 200 Canadian artists in L’Aquila, a tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to Israel, and two tours of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Italy. The creation of the Serate Musicali Foundation Inc., which she established in New York before leaving for Italy, supported an electronic music lab, restored the organ of Buxtehude and sponsored the Bach and Organ Festivals in Rome.  She also managed tours, including La Scala performances for violinist Pinchas Zukerman, conductors Lukas Foss, Kenneth Montgomery and Ermanno Florio, chamber group Tashi, the North Carolina School of the Arts in Siena, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among others.

Returning to Toronto in 1977, Ms. Summers Dossena established Ann Summers International, with a focus on serving both artists and audiences internationally. In 1983, she founded the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, which was incorporated in 1985.

Summers Dossena is also author of the book Getting It All Together, first published in 1985 by Scarecrow Press in the U.S. and distributed to schools and libraries throughout North America.  It is still available on and  A second edition will soon be released.

In 1993, at the request of the International Institute of Vocal Arts in New York, Ms. Summers Dossena found the Villa Mazzotti in Chiari, Italy, and bartered the use of the Villa with the city as a centre for a four-week study program for singers, coaches and pianists.  Its distinguished faculty included staff members of the Metropolitan and New York City opera companies, among them Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, Regina Resnik, and Italian coaches Bruno Rigacci and Marco Boemi. Ms. Summers coordinated the program in Italy through its seventh season.

Ann Summers Dossena was awarded the first Manager of the Year Award at the 2012 annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon of NAPAMA – the North American Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents – and APAP – the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Ms. Summers Dossena is an Honorary Life Member of the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), founding member of the North American (formerly National) Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), and a member of the American Orchestra League, Orchestras Canada, Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), the CCI Network (Ontario Presenting Network), Canadian Italian Chamber of Commerce in Ontario, Team Italia Canada, and the Canadian Club of Rome.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Juilliard Announces Creation Of Kovner Fellowship Program

Juilliard Announces Creation Of Kovner Fellowship Program: A Scholarship Endowment Covering Full Cost Of Attendance For Selected Classical Music Students Beginning September 2014

Selected on Merit, New and Current Students to Receive Full Tuition and Living Expenses

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School, today announced the creation of the Kovner Fellowship Program at Juilliard that will be endowed with a gift of $60 million – the largest single one-time gift to the School – from Bruce and Suzie Kovner, long-time supporters of the School. Providing full tuition, and living expenses, the Fellowships recognize the excellence of Juilliard's classical music students and enhance the School's 100+ year tradition of attracting and developing the most talented musicians in the world.

The scholarships cover the full cost of attendance – tuition, room and board, plus an annual stipend for enrichment and development activities – beginning with 25 students in the first year and increasing up to 52 undergraduate and graduate students annually in classical music programs by 2018. It is the only scholarship program that covers all expenses for the entire course of study at Juilliard.

In acknowledging the importance of the fellowships, Dr. Polisi said, "This extraordinarily generous and visionary gift from Bruce and Suzie Kovner will ensure that future highly gifted Juilliard musicians will be able to pursue their studies with no financial concerns, freeing them from the heavy debt burden that has caused long-term financial challenges for many students. The Kovners' support of our performing artists reinforces Juilliard's ongoing commitment to educate future generations of artists who will bring their talents to communities large and small around the world in the time ahead."

Juilliard alumnus and current faculty member, pianist Emanuel Ax, reacted to the announcement of the Kovner Fellowship Program by saying, "The prospect of seeing these hugely talented young people have the luxury of focusing on their studies and musical growth is absolutely thrilling. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of this gift and can only express to Bruce and Suzie deep gratitude on behalf of the many wonderful kids whose life this will change."

Kovner Fellows will be designated from the universe of classical music students applying to The Juilliard School and from among current undergraduate and master's level students. These classical music students at Juilliard have the opportunity to be considered for a Fellowship throughout their years of attendance. While the primary focus of this contribution is to create the Kovner Fellowship Program for classical music students, a portion of the gift will be allocated to sustain general scholarship levels for all students across the three Juilliard divisions of dance, drama, and music. Reinforcing and expanding Juilliard's scholarship support is a significant component of the School's strategic plan and an area that is of critical importance for the future.

Bruce Kovner, chairman of The Juilliard School's board since 2001, and Suzie Kovner, a member of the Juilliard Drama Council, are making the gift to Juilliard at a time when institutions of higher learning see incoming classes demonstrating increased financial need, and as the performing arts also struggle for support. Acknowledging that fact, the Kovners said, "The level of talent, potential and dedication that the students at Juilliard represent is incredibly inspiring and especially deserving of recognition and support. We hope the program highlights the value that The Juilliard School and the arts community place upon these young people as the future of classical music."

The Juilliard School was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art. As an institution dedicated to excellence in the performing arts since its inception, Juilliard has educated thousands of aspiring artists from around the world in the fields of dance, drama, and music, and further instills a strong sense of activism and arts advocacy in its students. Ninety-one percent of Juilliard's students currently receive financial aid.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in the college division, Juilliard also offers pre-college programs in music as well as a continuing education program for adults; community outreach programs throughout the New York metropolitan area, and specialized music training for children from under-represented populations.

One of Lincoln Center's original constituents, Juilliard's second century began with a major expansion of its facilities, adding 39,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studios, theaters, and rehearsal studios, growing with the needs of a thriving cultural community in the US and abroad. Its student body is drawn from 47 states and 44 foreign countries. With an annual enrollment of approximately 850 college level students – almost 100 of whom are dancers, and nearly 80, actors – Juilliard typically may enroll up to 650 music students each school year.

Juilliard alumni are working artists who carry with them the highest standards of their profession throughout the world, and for more than a century have shaped global culture. From the concert stages –Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Gilbert; and the world of opera – Leontyne Price, Renee Fleming, James Levine; to Broadway and film – Richard Rodgers, Audra McDonald, Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini, John Williams; to name only a few, Juilliard's alumni have created a rich musical legacy. Also too numerous to list completely is the roster of remarkable actors, dancers, playwrights, and choreographers who call Juilliard their alma mater. Among them are: Laura Linney, Kevin Spacey, Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline, Jessica Chastain, Andre Braugher, Pina Bausch, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Mercedes Ellington, Paul Taylor, and many others.

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Pianist John O'Conor Joins Faculty of the Glenn Gould School

October 9, 2013
The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory is delighted to announce acclaimed Irish pianist and educator John O’Conor will join its illustrious faculty beginning in the 2014.15 academic year. The former Director of the Royal Irish Academy, Mr. O’Conor is recognized the world over as a leading authority on piano performance and a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires.

“We are very excited to have John O’Conor on faculty at The Glenn Gould School where he will share his incomparable expertise with a group of gifted young scholarship students from around the world as they prepare for a professional career on the international stage,” says James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School. “John comes to us with a celebrated reputation as a performer who has for many years demonstrated a passion for education. Our students and faculty look forward to welcoming him to The GGS.”

Mr. O’Conor feels strongly about the development of young pianists. Formerly a Professor of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy, he was eventually named Director, a role he recently retired from after 16 years. Mr. O’Conor regularly serves on the juries of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions and leads Master Classes at elite music and performance institutions, including New York’s Juilliard and Manhattan Schools, Harvard, Yale, the Ravinia Festival, the Paris Conservatoire and London’s Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

Mr. O’Conor is one of several recent new additions to the faculty at The Glenn Gould School. Others include violinist Victor Danchenko, cellist Andrés Diaz, violinist Paul Kantor, and bassoonist Frank Morelli.

The world took notice of Mr. O’Conor after his First Prize win at Vienna’s Beethoven International Piano Competition in 1973 catapulted him to international fame. He subsequently recorded all of the Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos as well as the first recording of the Nocturnes of John Field, a well-known Irish composer.

Mr. O’Conor founded the prestigious Dublin International Piano Competition, and remains its Artistic Director. His lifelong dedication to music and education has earned him Honorary Doctorates from leading universities, as well as the title "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government and has also been decorated by the Austrian, Italian, Japanese and Polish governments among others.

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performances, and teacher education programs, the organization’s Glenn Gould School offers internationally recognized professional music training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School provides an intimate training environment, with a curriculum designed to prepare gifted young musicians for all aspects of a professional career — part of The Conservatory’s wider mission to develop human potential through music and the arts.  Founded in 1987, The Glenn Gould School was renamed in 1997 to honour Canada's legendary pianist, himself a Conservatory alumnus. For more information, please visit

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