Stepping Stone Competition, May 21-29

Stepping Stone Competition, May 21-29

OHBI wasn’t aware of this competition before I got asked by the arts editor at Xtra to write about one of the participants (Québécois pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard–the wee profile can be found in the print issue out today). Musicians of all kinds compete, instrumentalists and vocalists both, and anything can happen. A recorder player won last year: Vincent Lauzer, who’s in the meantime released a new album. You may recognize some of the names competing this year, esp. the last one:

The 2014 contenders

Suren

Barry

Ottawa

ON

Piano

Robin

Best

Ottawa

ON

Harp

Talisa

Blackman

London

ON

Piano

Vincent

Boilard

Mont-Joli

QC

Oboe

Alberta

Brown

Toronto

ON

Flute

Yolanda

Bruno

Ottawa

ON

Violin

Caroline

Cole

Peterborough

ON

Harp

Geoffrey

Conquer

Scarborough

ON

Piano

Pasquale

D’Alesssio

Dollard-des-Ormeaux

QC

Voice

Monika

Dongmo

Montréal

QC

Voice

Adanya

Dunn

Toronto

ON

Voice

Richard

He

Burnaby

BC

Piano

Olivier

Hébert-Bouchard

Québec

QC

Piano

Eleanor Kendra

James

Delta

BC

Viola

Min Ha

Kim

Surrey

BC

Flute

Stefan

Kitai

Hamilton

ON

Percussion

Clara

Lee

Toronto

ON

Violin

Luri

Lee

Richmond Hill

ON

Violin

Kerson

Leong

Ottawa

ON

Violin

Hezekiah

Leung

Toronto

ON

Viola

Matthew

Li

Vancouver

BC

Piano

Jonathan

Lo

Toronto

ON

Cello

Samantha

Louis-Jean

Montréal

QC

Voice

Julia

Mirzoev

Thornhill

ON

Violin

Andréanne

Paquin

Montréal

QC

Voice

Justine

Pelletier

Montréal

QC

Piano

Pascale

Spinney

Ile-Bizard

QC

Voice

Daniel

Temnik

Thornhill

ON

Violin

Jean-Luc

Therrien

Repentigny

QC

Piano

Jacqueline

Woodley

Laval

QC

Voice

 First elimination round:   

May 21-24 at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Semi-Final: 

May 26 and 27 at the Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Ihnatowycz Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto

Final: 

May 29 at the Mazzoleni Concert Hall — Ihnatowycz Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto

From the press release:

From May 21 to 29, these musicians will compete in Toronto for a grand prize of $10,000, offered by Canimex, major sponsor of the 2014 CMC and Stepping Stone.  The grand prize winner will also receive a three-week residency at the Banff Centre and a chance to perform with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec at the competition’s July 5 gala concert in Quebec City.

Past winners of the Stepping Stone include Louis Lortie, Marc-André Hamelin, Susan Hoeppner, Barry Shiffman, and Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, the Stepping Stone also offers a second prize of $5,000 offered by Yamaha – a long-time partner of the CMC – a third prize of $2,500 and a prize of $1,000 for the best interpretation of a Canadian composition.  The remaining finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The event is open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 28 and vocalists between the ages of 16 and 31.

I’ll link to Olivier’s profile here as soon as it’s online. He was a joy to chat with over Skype.

 

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