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2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition

Toronto – January 30, 2017 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. 

Members of the 2016/2017 COC Ensemble Studio (Photo: Bronwen Sharp)

The competition will take place on February 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, Sandra Horst, Chorus Master of the COC, and Adrianne Pieczonka, Canadian soprano opera singer.  The young artists featured in the February 13th competition will perform for cash prizes singing one aria of their choice and one aria selected by the judges.

“Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico.  “It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations.”

This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

 

About the COC Ensemble Studio

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 220 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Krisztina Szabó.

The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

 

About the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards

Christina Petrowska-Quilico established the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice. During his 45 years on the stage, Louis Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.

 

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For information, please contact: 

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

Kristin McKinnon
Publicist and Publications Coordinator, Canadian Opera Company
Tel: (416) 306-2383
kmckinnon@coc.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.

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Ontario Arts Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

Toronto – December 6, 2016 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Greg Sorbara, Sean White and John Wilkinson. The Board is responsible for the oversight of the management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to promote long-term support for the arts in Ontario.

 

Greg Sorbara

Greg Sorbara is a Principal of Sorbara Group of Companies, and served as a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Ontario Legislature for 21 years holding numerous cabinet positions.  Greg was appointed Chancellor at York University in June 2014, and is the Chair of Mackenzie Health Foundation Campaign Cabinet and sits on the Board of Luminato Festival.

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Sean White

Sean White is a director of wealth management and the branch manager of the ScotiaMcLeod Windsor Office. For almost a decade, Mr. White served in various roles on the board of the Art Gallery of Windsor, and has served as a member and chair of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation finance committee.  He currently is a member of the board of the Ontario Arts Council.

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John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson, of Stratford, is the Senior Vice President, Sustainability for GreenField. He served as an Ontario MPP for eight years and was called to  Cabinet, serving as Minister for three different  portfolios.  John has been active in fundraising initiatives for the Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment and the Performing Artists Lodge (PAL) Stratford.   John is the current Board Chair of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation‎.   He is also a graduate of Western University's Faculty of Music.

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“It is my pleasure to welcome Greg, Sean and John to the Board of Directors,” says Anthony Graham, Board Chair. “Each of them brings deep community knowledge, a passion for arts philanthropy and the desire to help the Foundation meet the growing financial needs of the arts in Ontario.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation is represented by a committed volunteer Board of Directors of arts philanthropists, including:

Anthony R. Graham (Chair), John D. McKellar CM QC (Vice-Chair), Timothy R. Price (Treasurer),  Kevin Garland, Judith Gelber, Gaelen Morphet, James Pitblado CM, Donald M. Ross OC, Katherine L. Smalley, Greg Sorbara, Sean White, John Wilkinson.

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For information, please contact:

Alan Walker, Executive Director Ontario Arts Foundation Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2015-2016, the OAF paid $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

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Shane Kim wins the 2016 Orford String Quartet Award

Toronto, November 23, 2016 - Violinist, Shane Kim is the 2016 recipient of the Orford String Quartet Award.  The $3,000 award is given biennially to an emerging Canadian professional string chamber musician. 

 
Shane Kim
  

Toronto-born Shane Kim has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2012-2013 season.  Prior positions include Principal Violin of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster appearances with the Tucson Symphony and at the festivals of Aspen and Spoleto-Charleston.

Shane is a founding member of the XIA String Quartet, with fellow TSO musicians Theresa Rudolph and Joseph Johnson, and Robert Uchida of the Edmonton Symphony.  Shane has performed chamber music at Ravinia, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Encuentro de Musica in Santander, Spain, and has performed with musicians of the New Orford String Quartet, Amici, the Bakken Trio and the TSO Chamber Soloists.

Shane Kim received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with noted pedagogue David Zafer, and chamber music with Lorand Fenyves. Shane continued his studies at the Yale School of Music with Peter Oundjian and the Tokyo String Quartet.  Since 2015, Shane has been on the faculty at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Shane was selected by a jury comprising Lillian Scheirich, Concertmaster, Windsor Symphony (Windsor, ON); Jennifer Taylor, Artistic Producer, Music Toronto (Toronto, ON), and  Jordan Wyshniowsky, Principal Cello, North Bay Symphony  (North Bay, ON). The jury members stated that, “Shane Kim’s passion shines through his music, and he connects strongly with both the music and the audience.  The continued health of chamber music in Canada relies upon musicians like Shane.”  

The Orford String Quartet Fund was established in 1993 by the members of the acclaimed Orford String Quartet – Andrew Dawes, Desmond Hoebig, Kenneth Perkins and Sophie Renshaw.  During 25 years of performances, the Orford was one of the best-known string quartets in the world. The fund supports the Orford String Quartet’s influence on the development of chamber music in Canada and its encouragement of emerging Canadian string players.

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016 the  OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

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