Career Development Award

Canada Council Awards for Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot, 2018 WMCT Career Development Award winner, has been awarded the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize.  This $25,000 Prize is awarded to a musician, under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.  

Several WMCT CDA winners have been awarded this prize in earlier years: Shannon Mercer (2006), James Ehnes (1997),

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Career Development Award Winners become Mentors

The Toronto Summer Music Academy has announced its program for 2019. Two winners of the WMCT CDA will be mentors in its Chamber Music Institute:  Yegor Dyachkov (cello, 2000) and Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano, 2015).  They will coach ensembles and also perform with their students in reGENERATION concerts.

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Blake Pouliot has joined “The Club”

Diane Martello, WMCT president, with Blake Pouliot and his new official t-shirt.  After a week of concerts in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Toronto, the 2018 Career Development Winner paused on April 16 before flying off to Ottawa to performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, for a lunch with some WMCT and WMCTF Board members, and the CDA Committee.

 

 

 

Here is Blake with Annette Sanger, CDA Committtee Chair,

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CDA winner Shannon Mercer will have a merry month of May

Shannon Mercer, soprano, 2006 winner of the WMCT Career Development Award, regularly maintains a busy and challenging performance calendar of opera, concert, and recital engagements.

On May 3, in CelloDrama! she will sing, accompanied by WMCT Artistic Director Simon Fryer and seven other cellists, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s best-known work, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, his homage to Bach, and to the rhythms and folk melodies of his own country.

Then on May 15, Shannon will appear with Esprit Orchestra in the world première of a work by Montrealer Chris Paul Harman.

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CBC’s In Concert Broadcasts Stéphane Tétreault, 2015 CDA winner

Stéphane Tétreault, cellist, second place winner in the live Career Development Award contest in 2015, toured Europe in late 2017 with the Orchestre metropolitaine under its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  One of the concerts, performed at the Cité de la musique in Paris, will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert, on Sunday April 15, 11 am-3 pm. Stéphane will be heard in the Elgar Cello concerto.

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CDA winner Blake Pouliot plays with the TSO, April 14 and15

In an all-Beethoven concert, Blake Pouliot, winner of the 2018 Career Development award will play the two Romances, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in two performances, April 14 and 15.

If you can’t make that, check out his new album, featuring the Debussy and Ravel sonatas, on Analekta.

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2018 Career Development Award Winner — Blake Pouliot, violin

Blake Pouliot,violin, is a versatile artist — a classical musician, film and television actor and keyboardist in an award-winning pop band. At age 23 he has already performed as a soloist with orchestras across North and South America, and will play again with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra April 14-15. He is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts 2013 Michael Mesure Prize, and the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.

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