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Hua-Chu Huang wins the 2018 Orford String Quartet Award

Toronto, December 20, 2018 - Violinist, Hua-Chu Huang is the 2018 recipient of the Orford String Quartet Award. The $3,000 award is given biennially to an emerging Canadian professional string chamber music musician.

Hua-Chu Huang, a youthful and versatile musician, brings a wealth of experience in solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. He is a passionate performer of new works in addition to canonized repertoire. Mr. Huang recently collaborated with flutist Carol Wincenc in the Canadian premiere of Yuko Uebeyashi’s Misericordia at the Banff Centre, and also presented Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo at Toronto’s New Music Festival, 21C. Mr. Huang has appeared in concert with Erika Raum, Scott St. John, Steven Dann, Barry Shiffman, and the new music ensemble suddenlyLISTEN. He is also the founder of Asterisk*, a Toronto-based conductorless chamber orchestra.

Mr. Huang was a winner of the 2017 Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition placing first in the duo category with Chu-Yi Duo, the duo was awarded the grand prize a performance with the Montrose Trio in their debut in Koerner Hall. Mr. Huang placed second and third in the chamber category with the Louise String Quartet and the Eastern Trio.

Mr. Huang has recently received his Artist Diploma as a Temerty Family Fellow at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman; having previously earned his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University under the tutelage of Philippe Djokic.

Hua-Chu was selected by a jury comprising Joseph Johnson, cellist, Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera, and educator (Toronto, ON); Lance Ouellette, violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, and educator (Kitchener, ON), and Sharon Wei, violinist, co-founder of Ensemble Made in Canada, member of Supernova String Quartet, and educator (London, ON). The jury members were unanimous in their selection, stating that, “Hua-Chu Huang is a leader and mentor. He shows a high level of musicianship, inspiration and energy in his performances. We felt joy in his playing and his enthusiasm is infectious. We are excited to follow his future trajectory.”

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.

Previous award recipients include Shane Kim (2016) and Ilana Waniuk (2014).


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 For more information, please contact:

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

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 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 2017-2018 the Ontario Arts Council invested $58.7 million in 231 communities across Ontario through 2,294 grants to individual artists and 1,474 grants to organizations. 

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Glenys Marshall Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, December 10, 2018 - Glenys Marshall is the 2018 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award.  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.  Glenys was selected for the award by the faculty of Humber College's Comedy: Writing and Performance program and was presented the award today at the Humber Comedy Program's solo show performances.

Growing up in Ottawa, Glenys Marshall was immersed in theatre by age 6. After starring as Donkey in Shrek the Musical her senior year of high school, she realized that comedy is where she belonged. During her time at Humber, Glenys went on an exchange to Salford University in Manchester, England, and met the friends that she performed alongside with at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. After officially moving to Toronto this year, Glenys has become a member of the Second City Conservatory, a regular stand-up act across the city, and an active member of Bad Dog comedy theatre and the Canadian Improv Games. She hopes to create a sketch troupe and start getting into musicals again.

“I am extremely honoured and grateful to win this award,” says Glenys. “I know how many incredible candidates graduated with me. I grew up watching the Red Green show with my parents and absolutely share this victory with them. Tim Sims was a gracious and dedicated person and a great role-model for me to follow. Many thanks to Humber College and the Ontario Arts Foundation, and their faith in a young donkey's dreams!”

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City.   Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners

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For more information, please contact:

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

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

Composer Chan Ka Nin is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award

Toronto, December 5, 2018 - Chan Ka Nin is the recipient of the $5,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers.  This award is in support of Chan's upcoming opera Dragon's Tale, to be co-presented by Tapestry Opera and Soundstreams in 2020.  He will receive the award at the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert at MacMillan Theatre on Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan Ka Nin is a distinguished composer whose extensive repertoire draws on both East and West in its aesthetic outlook. Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Toronto, he has written in most musical genres and received many national and international prizes, including two JUNO awards, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the Béla Bartók International Composers' Competition in Hungary, and the Barlow International Competition in the United States. In 2001 he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Musical for his opera Iron Road, written with librettist Mark Brownell, depicting the 19th-century construction of the Canadian national railroad by Chinese migrant laborers.

Many prominent ensembles and soloists have performed his music, including the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Esprit Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Amici Ensemble, Gryphon Trio, Miró Quartet, Purcell Quartet, Amherst Saxophone Quartet, violist Rivka Golani, and cellist Shauna Rolston. His substantial discography includes releases on the CBC, Centrediscs, ATMA, Analekta, Albany, and Summit labels, among others.

Chan was selected by a jury comprised of Luc Arsenault (Oshawa), Taiya Kasahara (Toronto), and Brent Lee (Essex). The jury was enthusiastic and unanimous in their choice, stating “Dragon’s Tale opera brings together music, opera and dragon boat communities. This high impact project moves past the boundaries of East and West expectations and experiences. The large scale of this major opera is an exciting project for this prolific Canadian composer.”


11 May 2017
CHAN KA NIN: 
My New Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland (Fanfare, celebrating Canada's 150th birthday) Sinfonia Toronto / Nurhan Arman, Conductor World premiere performance recorded on May 5, 2017, Toronto Centre for the Arts.

The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the nomination and adjudication process.

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 For more information, please contact:

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

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 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 2017-2018 the Ontario Arts Council invested $58.7 million in 231 communities across Ontario through 2,294 grants to individual artists and 1,474 grants to organizations. 

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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