The WMCT is delighted to announce the candidates and the jurors for its 2021 Career Development Award. The nine finalists are all exceptionally talented young musicians embarking on careers performing classical music. They were selected by CBC producers from across Canada. Each candidate has submitted audio-visual and written materials for review by a five-person jury and the announcement of the winner will be made at the Music in the Afternoon concert on March 4, 2021. The award is worth $25,000 and includes a performance in the WMCT’s concert series in 2022-23.
Kevin Ahfat, piano (Toronto, ON)
Michael Bridge, accordion (Calgary, AB)
Matthew Cairns, tenor (St. Catharine’s, ON)
Marcel D’Entremont, tenor (Merigomish, NS)
Simona Genga, mezzo-soprano (Woodbridge, ON)
“Meagan & Amy” – Amy Hillis, violin, and Meagan Milatz, piano (Regina, SK)
Jaden Izik-Dzurko, piano (Salmon Arm, BC)
Alice Lee, violin (Victoria, BC)
Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano (Gatineau, PQ)
Each year the jury includes two CBC producers, Alison Howard (Toronto) and Guylaine Picard (Montreal), who is also the jury chair. Special thanks also to Alison Howard for collating all the candidates’ materials and sending them out to the jurors. Three other jurors were selected for the 2021 award based on their musical/instrument expertise, experience with adjudication and representation from across Canada. They are:
Mark Fewer: violinist, chamber musician, new music promoter, Artistic/Festival Director, Professor at the University of Toronto.
Naomi Woo: conductor (opera & orchestra) pianist, opera coach, musicologist, Professor at the University of Manitoba.
Christina Haldane: soprano, international performer and educator. Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Many thanks to all the candidates, the jurors, the CDA committee (Tamar Nelson, Holde Gerlach, Kathy Halliday and Alison Howard) as well as our very generous donors who have all contributed to making this significant and impactful award possible.
Chair, Career Development Award