Montreal Symphony Announces Winners of Its 2006 Standard Life Competition

Classic Arts News   Montreal Symphony Announces Winners of Its 2006 Standard Life Competition
 
Pianist Michelle Nam has won the grand prize in the Orchestre symphonique de Montr_al's 2006 Standard Life Competition.

This year's competition, the 67th, was dedicated to voice and piano; semi-finals and finals took place at the historic Bon-Pasteur Chapel.

Nam will receive a Standard Life Scholarship worth C$8,000; a concert with the Montreal Symphony (OSM) and Jacques Lacombe on December 10; the chance to record (in a Radio-Canada studio) a demonstration DVD and CD; a performance in one of the "Espace musique" concert series and promotion over the Radio-Canada network.

She will also receive C$4,500 in other prize money, a concert at the Orford Arts Centre in rural Quebec in summer 2007 and a recital at Jeunesses Musicales of Canada House in Montreal (or at one of its regional centers). Nam also won the prize for best interpretation of a work of any style.

No first or third prizes were given in the voice category this year; three second prizes worth C$5,000 each were awarded to Marianne Fiset, Pascale Beaudin and Alexandre Sylvestre. The prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work and C$2,000 went to Chantal Scott, for her performance of "Aspects of rain" from Patrick Cardy's song cycle Autumn.

In the piano category, second prize and C$5,000 went to Justine Pelletier; third prize and C$2,000 was awarded to Vicki Ning Wang and the prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work and C$2,000 went to Michelle Marie Santiago for her performance of Preludes Nos. 7, 8 et 9 by Howard Bashaw.

The chairman of the jury was Jean-Pierre Brossmann, former director of the Th_ê¢tre du Chê¢telet in Paris; among the other jurors were soprano Christine Brewer, pianist and former Curtis Institute director Gary Graffman, and, for the final round, OSM music director Kent Nagano.


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