A new International Music Festival and Competition (IMFC) has been conceived to provide musicians of all ages opportunities to perform, to conduct and to write music while receiving professional guidance by leading professionals in the classical music industry.
The competition will take place from May 24 to June 2 at Cornell Recital Hall in Markham and will offer adjudication in piano, strings, voice, guitar, woodwinds, brass, harp, percussion, chamber music, conducting and composition.
Members of the jury panel are esteemed professors and musicians from the University of Toronto (Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, guitar; Andrew Ascenzo, strings; Leslie Newman, woodwinds); York University (Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano); the Royal Conservatory of Music (Dr. Michael Berkovsky, piano); National Ballet of Canada (Dr. Linn Kuo, strings); the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Gary Kulesha, composer); Kindred Spirits Orchestra (Maestro Kristian Alexander, music director); as well as harpist Dr. Teresa Suen-Campbell, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig and brass pedagogue Michael Fedyshyn.
“Home to 18 orchestras, 67 choirs, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, Tafelmusik, Massey Hall, Telus Centre and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto is considered internationally Canada’s capital of classical music,” said Kristian Alexander, IMFC artistic director. “The International Music Festival and Competition aims to discover talented musicians, conductors and composers, and provide them performing opportunities, career advancement and professional advice.”
At least 50 gold, silver and bronze medallions, as well as various prizes and scholarships will be awarded at the gala concert in June 2019. Students and young professionals of all nationalities, ages, levels and musical disciplines are invited to apply at InterMusic.ca before April 12.