The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under its new conductor Emeritus Kent Nagano, and concertmaster and ABMF alumnus Andrew Wan, was recently given a Juno Award in the category of “Classical Album of The Year—Large Ensemble” for its recording “Ginastera – Bernstein - Moussa”! Congratulations Andrew!
Watch scholarship recipient, Gabrielle Després, perform in THIRD THURSDAYS, a brand-new, streamed concert, on March 18, 2021 at 6:00pm MDT!
THIRD THURSDAYS features the classical superstars of tomorrow, with live post-show artist conversation.
Program: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 - Johannes Brahms; Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 3 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - J. S. Bach; Sonata No. 4 in E minor - Eugène Ysaÿe
Access to the concert will be by RSVP here. Suggested ticket donation is $20 - to directly support these young artists!
On November 12, 2020, the Quatuor Bozzini, including ABMF alumnus Alissa Cheung, virtually performed Trip, a string quartet repertoire involving pieces written specifically for the group! Trip pushes the boundaries of sound with "counterpoint, grotesque waltzes, canons, and even the occasional unexpected appearance of sounds from a live-tuned radio". You can listen to sound clips or purchase the CD here.
Current recipient, Jessica Yuma, will be participating in a live stream performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa tonight! This concert will showcase the incredible talents of CBC’s classical “30 under 30” artists for 2020, including Ms. Yuma, who will be the 2nd guest soloist performing Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brilliante.
Tune in on the NAC website event page, or on the NACO Facebook page, at 6:00 p.m. MST or 8:00 p.m. EST!
Current recipient, Gabrielle Després, was recently featured on the NACO Lunch Break series! Gabrielle, accompanied by her father and former ABMF Board member, Jacques Després, performed a beautiful rendition of the second movement of the Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1, Op.58 in G major by Brahms, which you can watch here.
Congratulations to current scholarship recipients, Gabrielle Després (violin) and Jessica Yuma (piano), for making CBC Music's annual classical "30 under 30" list! This list shines a spotlight on Canada's emerging classical musicians who are winning competitions and awards, graduating from top music schools, and making exciting debuts.
New this year, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra will feature musicians from this list in its ongoing series NACO Lunch Breaks and Musically Speaking with Alexander Shelley, and through performances streamed from the NAC's 4th Stage.
Current scholarship recipient, Gabrielle Després, just received first prize in the Klein International String Competition! This includes a $13,000 prize and performance contracts with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, the Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series, and Music in the Vineyards.
The Klein International String Competition is one of the most prestigious events of its kind and has helped to enhance the developing careers of young string players (ages 15-23), many of whom have gone on to become world renowned soloists, chamber musicians, teachers, and orchestral members.
You can read more about Gabrielle's goals, passion for music, and unique experience preparing for the competition during COVID-19 in her interview with the Edmonton Journal.
Congratulations to Molly Wreakes for being one of 5 Edmonton-based artists to receive the 2020 Emerging Artist Award! This $10,000 award, along with a handcrafted medal and an Emerging Artist certificate, is meant to support and encourage promising artists early in their professional careers and is only awarded to 10 artists every other year.
Tune in to BBC3 Radio this Saturday, February 22, 2020 to listen to Kerry Waller play Tampere Raw by Anders Hillborg! His performance at the Milton Court Concert Hall in London, UK, will be part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion concert in which they will be performing all of Hillborg's pieces. If you happen to be in London, you can also buy tickets to attend the concert here.
Current scholarship recipient, Kerry Waller, had the chance to play with the world renowned cellist, Ivan Monighetti in Santander, Spain in July 2019!
Ivan was a top prizewinner in many international competitions including the 1974 Tchaikovsky competition, and has since enjoyed a career which has taken him all over Europe, America and Japan. His sensational appearances at numerous contemporary music festivals have brought him a wide reputation as one of the leading figures in the field of modern music. He is also highly respected for his expertise in the performance practice of the 18th and 19th centuries and is the founding director of the Moscow early music festival.
Kerry is a talented pianist himself, currently attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK, We're looking forward to following his developing career!