OSM COMPETITION

THE WINNERS

 

2016 Winners

BLAKE POULIOT, VIOLIN

Grand Prize winner of the 2016 OSM Manulife Competition

Maison symphonique de Montréal

The 2016 edition of the OSM Manulife Competition concluded today with the declaration of the winner, Blake Pouliot (Strings A, 22 years old, Ontario) following an exciting finale at Maison symphonique de Montréal before an audience. Blake Pouliot, in addition to winning awards and grants totaling over $17,500 as well as a number of concert engagements, will have the opportunity to share the stage with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on February 22, 2017, at a concert conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

This edition of Canada’s most prestigious national performance competition, presided par Pierre A. Goulet, offered us a chance to listen to the 21 semi-finalists who offered the judges and audiences outstanding performances. The numerous awards and grants amount to more than $100,000. Violinist Angèle Dubeau was the ambassador of the 2016 edition, having won a first prize in 1976. For this very first edition open to organ, Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais was guest of honor.

 

 

An ever expanding audience

The public turned out in large numbers to attend the impressive performances, both for the semi-finals at église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and in Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University and for the finals, which took place at Maison symphonique. The access to this prestation was made possible thanks to a generous donation made to the OSM by Mrs. Barbara Bronfman and her family. For those who could not attend, notably the families and friends of candidates across the country, the semi-finals and finals could be followed live on the OSM website.

“Launched 77 years ago, the OSM Manulife Competition is part of the rich heritage of Wilfrid Pelletier, first artistic director of the OSM. It’s always a pleasure to see these young artists unveil their talent”, declared Lucien Bouchard, chairman of the OSM board of directors.

Stingray Rising Stars Award: Public’s Choice: Joel Peters, organ

Furthermore, the audience was invited to learn about the semi-finalists on the OSM’s Facebook page and website, then vote online or at the hall for the candidate of their choice. This year it was Joel Peters, organist who earned the most votes.

 

THE RESULTS

 

OSM Manulife Grand Prize

This prize is awarded to the finalist, all categories taken together, who most distinguishes him- or herself in the course of the Competition. The winner of the OSM Manulife Grand Prize, Blake Pouliot earns the following awards:

  • A $10,000 grant courtesy of Manulife;
  • Concert with the OSM under the direction of conductor Vasily Petrenko on February 22, 2017, at Maison symphonique de Montréal;
  • ICI Musique Prize: professional audio recording at one of the Radio-Canada studios, and broadcast of this recording on ICI Musique radio stations as well as on its website;
  • Orford Music Prize: recital at Orford Music, presented in 2017;
  • YOA Orchestra of the Americas Award: concert tour in the summer of 2017. This prize is presented with the support ofFondation Ariane Riou and Réal Plourde;
  • National Arts Centre Award: performance opportunity at the National Arts Centre as part of the 2017-18 season and a scholarship to take part in the 2017 Young Artists Program;
  • Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Award: recital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, as part of the NACC’s 2017-2018 season;
  • Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Prize:  concert in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as part of the NSO’s 2017-2018 season.

The winner is also awarded the Michèle-Paré Prize, a $5,000 grant in support of the development of a professional career in music.

“The community’s support of this competition has been outstanding,” said Richard Payette, President and CEO, Manulife Québec. “Manulife supports the wellness and vitality of the communities where we live and work, and we’re proud to help young talent take flight through the OSM Manulife competition.”

Awards for the highest ranked prize winner in organ: Rashaan Allwood, 21 years old, Ontario

  • Jacqueline Desmarais Prize: professional video recording on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique.
  • Canadian International Organ Competition Prize: recital in the series The Organ Takes Its Place, presented at some point in 2017;
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal prize: recital in 2017;
  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in Geneva Prize: recital in the series Les Concerts de la Cathédrale. This prize is offered with the generous contribution of Mrs. Barbara Bronfman;
  • The Royal Canadian College of Organists – (Calgary) Prize: A concert during the 2017 season

In the Strings category Class A:

  • First prize: $10,000 grant offered by Manulife (included in the Grand Prize):

The winner is: Blake Pouliot, violin, 22 years old, Ontario

  • Second prize (ex-aequo):

$5,000 grant offered by the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation:

The winner is: Eva Aronian, violin, 21 years old, Alberta

  • Second prize (ex-aequo):

$2,500 V. E. Lambert grant offered by the Lambert-Fortier-Gagnon estate and $2,500 grant offered by Fondation Paul A.Fournier:

The winner is: Bryan Cheng, cello, 19 years old, Ontario

  • Prize for the best performance of the Canadian work: $2,500 grant offered by the OSM Volunteer Association:

The winner is: Blake Pouliot, violin, 22 years old, Ontario

In the Strings category Class B:

  • First prize: $10,000 grant offered by Manulife:

The winner is: Alice Lee, violin, 16 years old, Ontario

  • Second prize: the jury has not awarded a price in this category
  • Third prize (ex-aequo):

$2,500 Aline-Hector-Perrier scholarship offered by the Fonds Les Amis de l’Art ($2,000) and Mrs. Louise-Marie Dion and Mr. Réjean Breton ($500):

The winner is: Isabella D’Éloize Perron, violin, 16 years old, Quebec

  • Third prize (ex-aequo):

$2,500 grant offered by Fondation Paul A.Fournier

The winner is: Bruno Tobon, cello, 17 years old, Quebec

  • Prize for the best performance of the Canadian work: $2,500 grant offered by the OSM Volunteer Association:

The winner is: Alice Lee, violin, 16 years old, Ontario

 

In the Organ category:

  • First prize: $10,000 grant offered by Manulife:

The winner is: Rashaan Allwood, 21 years old, Ontario

  • Second prize: $5,000 V. E. Lambert grant offered by the Lambert-Fortier-Gagnon estate:

The winner is: Malcolm Matthews, 27 ans, Ontario

Third prize: $2,500 grant offered by Mrs. Barbara Bronfman:

The winner is: Joel Peters, 28 years old, Quebec

  • Prize for the best performance of the Canadian work: $2,500 grant offered by Ms. Juliana Pleines:

The winner is: Joel Peters, 28 years old, Quebec

 

Stingray Rising Stars Award: Public’s Choice

  • $2,500 grant offered to the contestant who received the most votes live on the Web and at Maison symphonique during the finals on November 26, 2016:

The winner is: Joel Peters, organist, 28 years old, Quebec

Complementary prizes:

  • Aspen Music Festival and School Prize: scholarship covering tuition and accommodation for an eight-week session of advanced training at the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer of 2017.

The winner is: Eva Aronian, violin, Strings A, 21 years old, Alberta

  • Banff Centre Prize: scholarships covering tuition and accommodation for a three-week session in the Music and Sound Department of the Banff Center in 2017.

The winners are:

Émilie Auclair, violin, Strings A, 19 years old, Quebec

Bryan Cheng, cello, Strings A, 19 years old, Ontario

Alice Lee, Violin, Strings B, 16 years old, Ontario

  • Orford Music Prize: scholarships covering tuition and accommodations for a two week music session at Orford Music in 2017.

The winners are :

Olivia Yelim Cho, cello, Strings B, 16 years old, British Columbia

Malcolm Matthews, organ, 27 years old, Ontario

Joel Peters, organ, 28 years old, Quebec

  • Domaine Forget Prize: scholarships covering tuition and accommodations for a two-week music session at Domaine Forget in2017.

The winners are:

Isabella D’Éloize Perron, violin, Strings B, 16 years old, Quebec

Angela Ryu, violin, Strings B, 17 years old, Alberta

Bruno Tobon, cello, Strings B, 17 years old, Quebec

  • Schulich School of Music Prize: two scholarships covering complete tuition for a program of performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music (offered to first-prize winners in the Strings Class A and Organ categories).

The winners are:

Rashaan Allwood, organ, 21 years old, Ontario

Blake Pouliot, violin, Strings A, 22 years old, Ontario

  • Paul Merkelo scholarship: a $2,500 scholarship, the laureate of which is chosen by a jury chaired by Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the OSM.

The winner is: Yan Li, violin, Strings B, 17 years old, Alberta

 

 

THE 2016 EDITION OF THE COMPETITION

 

A remarkable international jury

The jury for this edition was presided over by Mr. R. Douglas Sheldon, senior vice-president and director of Columbia Artists Management Inc. The grand jury was made up of MsJeanne Lamon, music director of Tafelmusik; Mr. Matthias Naske, CEO and artistic director of the Wiener Konzerthaus; and Ms. Barbara Smith, executive director of NYO Canada.

Principal judges in the Strings Category were MrCho-Liang Lin, music director of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and violin teacher at the Julliard School and the Shepherd School at Rice University, and Mr. Luigi Piovano, principal cello with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; while the judges in the Organ category were Mr. Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Great Organ at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and OSM organist emeritus; and Mr. John Grew, artistic director of the Canadian International Organ Competition and professor emeritus of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

This past week, candidates have had the opportunity to take part in mentoring activities with OSM musicians as well as participating in masterclasses offered notably by members of the jury, meaning they got to benefit from the advice of Cho-Liang Lin and Olivier Latry.