Stéphane Tétreault

Congratulations to Stéphane Tétreault

The Canada Council’s 2019 Virginia Parker Prize has been awarded to cellist prodigy, Stéphane Tétreault. Among his numerous awards and honours was the second prize at the 10th anniversary WMCT Career Development Award competition.

The Parker Prize is given to “a musician…under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding… artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.” In 2018 the Parker Prize went to violinist Blake Pouliot, our current CDA winner!


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.

Award winners “spectacular” in Generation Next concert

Charles Richard-Hamelin
Charles Richard-Hamelin

Stéphane Tétreault
Stéphane Tétreault

Emily D'Angelo
Emily D’Angelo







Three recent WMCT award winners received “spectacular” praise following performances in Generation Next concert at Koerner Hall Thursday Nov. 10.

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the $20,000 Career Development Award in May 2015; cellist Stéphane Tétreault, second prize winner of $10,000 in the same competition and mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo who won the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Scholarship in 2015-16 are praised as “exceptional young Canadians on the verge of major international careers” by Joseph So in Musical Toronto.

Hear Charles Richard- Hamelin’s  Music in the Afternoon concert on May 4, 2017.

Read Musical Toronto review



Concert Showcases WMCT Award Winners

WMCT award winners in Generation Next concert

Stéphane Tétreault
Stéphane Tétreault

Three young artists – all WMCT award winners in 2015 – will perform in Generation Next a special concert part of the International Association of Arts Managers Conference to be held in Toronto in November.  Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won the WMCT’s $20,000 Career Development Award competition in April 2015 and cellist Stéphane Tétreault won the $10,000 silver prize. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo was awarded the $10,000 WMCT Centennial Scholarship.


Emily D'Angelo
Emily D’Angelo


The three are among five talented young Canadian musicians who will perform in Generation Next on Novemeber 10, 2016. The Royal Conservatory hosts the conference’s opening day and will present the Koerner Hall concert in the evening.



Charles Richard-Hamelin last year continued his success winning the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was the first time any Canadian had made it to the finals. Also in the Generation Next concert is Torontonian pianist Tony Yike Yang, who at 16 became the youngest prize winner in the history of the Chopin competition with his fifth-place finish. Pianist Alexander Seredenko recipient of the prestigious Ihnatowycz Piano Prize at The Royal Conservatory completes the list of young talent in the Generation Next concert.

Charles Richard-Hamelin‘s Career Development Award prize includes a concert in the Music in the Afternoon series and he will perform in Walter Hall on May 4, 2017.

Remarks from the jury of the CDA competition on April 26

CDA Jury Remarks

Thank you to our many members (and their friends and families) who attended the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition on Sunday, April 26. Feedback from everyone has been unanimously positive – it was definitely a very important and special afternoon in the musical life of the Club, Toronto, and Canada. The three finalists were all consummate performers and it was clearly a challenge for the jury to choose between them for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

The jury has compiled some remarks that we would like to share with you.

You may also be interested in the following review in Audiophilia


It was our great honour and privilege to hear three outstanding musicians on April 26th for the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award Competition. Each of the musicians has a promising career trajectory before him, and we can be sure that they will all be representing Canada on national and international stages throughout the upcoming years.

Pierre-André Doucet began the afternoon with works by Haydn, Liszt and Carl Vine. He is an intellectual and thoughtful performer, which was particularly evident in the challenging Vine sonata. One juror was impressed with his capacity for understanding and presenting this complex music with such authority and ease. The Haydn was well-structured and competently performed but lacked some colour and character. We all thought that the performance of “Isolde’s Liebestod” by Liszt was compelling and, as one juror remarked, “memorable”.

Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone charmed us all with their strong communicative skills both with each other and with those of us in the audience. It was such a pleasure to hear their interaction and superb ensemble expertise. We thought that the approach to rubato, particularly in the Haydn, was somewhat excessive and took away from the pure, pristine elements of this style. Both are natural performers with a special gift for delighting audience members.

Charles Richard-Hamelin immediately captured our interest with a depth of musicianship and maturity that was evident from the opening of the Bach Partita. The tone that he produced from the piano was beyond the capabilities of the actual instrument. In turn, he created sounds that were orchestral and soloistic, and wove intricate and beautifully voiced lines as a seasoned string quartet might. His structural and musical understanding of the large-scale Chopin sonata was exceptional, and as one juror remarked “perhaps one of the finest performances of this work I have ever heard on any professional stage”.

The task of deciding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards was an extremely challenging one as each musician presented a truly special and unique voice. Having said this, the jury was unanimous in the decision to award 1st prize to Charles Richard-Hamelin, 2nd prize to Stéphane Tétreault, and 3rd prize to Pierre-André Doucet. We wish all three extraordinary young performers continued success in their future endeavours.

Midori Koga – Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy, University of Toronto

Kerry Stratton – Conductor and Music Director, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Wish Opera, Programme host Classical 96.3 FM

Winona Zelenka – Assistant Principal Cellist, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Charles Richard-Hamelin wins CDA

Charles Richard-Hamelin wins CDA


President Annette Sanger awards pianist, Charles Richard-Hamelin the $20,000 first prize in the Career Development Award competition in Walter Hall, April 26.

Cellist Stéphane Tétreault, was
awarded $10,000 as second prize winner.
Shown here with collaboratist Marie-Eve Scarfone.



Pianist Pierre-André Doucet received third prize of $5,000

The Career Development Award is presented every three years to outstanding, young Canadian musicians already engaged in a professional performing career. This year marks the 10th presentation of the award and the prize money was increased and a live competition added.