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Winners of Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Announced

The recipients of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards were announced at a competition held in Toronto at the Heliconian Club on Sunday, January 13, 2008.

 

Three young opera singers received awards:

 

First prize: Alexander Hajek, baritone $2,000

Second prize: Michael Uloth, bass $1,000

Third prize: Maghan Stewart, soprano $ 750

 

The awards recognize excellence in performance. The winners were chosen by jurors Neil Crory, Producer, CBC Records, Carrol Anne Curry, Managing Director, Dean Artists Management, and Stuart Hamilton, Vocal coach, Pianist and CBC Radio Personality.

 

Christina Petrowska Quilico established the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund at the Ontario Arts Foundation to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico. During his 45 years on the world stage, Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was best known as the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto, a part he played 510 times in his career. Quilico was also instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes. The awards were set up to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists, and composers for voice.

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards. Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $50 million and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts.

 

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For information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs
Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: 416-969-7413
jstubbs@arts.on.ca

Pianists Lorraine Desmarais and Janina Fialkowska Win $10,000 Awards

Toronto, November 6, 2007 –Jazz pianist, Lorraine Desmarais and classical pianist, Janina Fialkowska are the 2007 recipients of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry, winning $10,000 each.

 

Jurors Tamara Bernstein, music programmer (Toronto), Jacques …mond, music programmer (Ottawa), and pianist, Robert Silverman, 1998 de Hueck/Walford Award winner (Vancouver), selectedLorraine Desmarais for her celebrated career as a jazz pianist in Canada and abroad. They noted that Ms Desmarais is constantly moving forward to further her contribution to music in Canada.

 

The jury recognized Janina Fialkowska for her moving and poetic interpretations of 19th and 20th century repertoire. They also acknowledged her remarkable efforts to reach new audiences with projects such as Piano Six that have taken music to new audiences in rural Canada.

 

The de Hueck/Walford Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager. The Ontario Arts Council administered the selection process. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the de Hueck/Walford Award.

 

Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Ontario Arts Foundation holds over 275 endowments totalling more than $47 million and pays out over $2.5 million annually in support of the arts.

 

 

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For further information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs
416 969 7413
jstubbs@arts.on.ca

First Recipient Of The Virginia And Myrtle Cooper Award In Costume Design Announced

Toronto – June 28, 2007 – The first recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design was announced at a reception held at the Arts and Letters Club on Wednesday, June 27th. The award will be given annually to professional Canadian costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel. 

Costume designer, Judith Bowden was awarded the $15,000 prize.  Ms Bowden has extensive experience designing for both set and costume in theatres across the country, including Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Grand Theatre and Canadian Stage Company.  A finalist for the Siminovitch Prize, Ms Bowden's designs can currently be seen in ìTop Girlsî at Soulpepper Theatre Company and ìThe Philandererî at Shaw Festival.

Judith Bowden stated, ìIt is a great honour to be the first recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award.  Virginia Cooper's generosity will benefit the career development of costume designers in Ontario and in turn the theatre arts as a whole.î

The Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design was established through a generous gift under the will of the late Dr. Virginia S. Cooper of Toronto who died on August 27, 2006. The award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".

Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter woman member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design, and was working on a book titled "Pins and Needles", which featured some of the dresses that her mother, Myrtle Cooper, designed and made for her. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award.  The Ontario Arts Council administered the selection process for the first award.  A jury consisting of Astrid Janson, designer, Diana LeBlanc, theatre director, and William Schmuck, designer, selected Ms Bowden as the winner from a field of nominated costume designers from across Ontario.

The Ontario Arts Foundation holds over 270 endowments established by individuals, private foundations, corporations and arts organizations.  With over $47 million in assets, the Foundation disburses over $2.5 million annually in support of the arts. 

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For information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs, Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413    jstubbs@arts.on.ca

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