Congratulations to Lorraine Vaillancourt, founder and music director of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, who has recently been awarded the Prix du Recteur by the Université de Montréal and an honorary doctorate by the Université Laval.
The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the winner of the 2013 Virginia Parker Prize: soprano Layla Claire. The prize is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent and musicianship. Speaking about the award, Ms Claire said, “I am constantly asked when working abroad what could possibly be in the water in Canada because of the high level of Canadian singers. I dare to believe that I have the ability and the work ethic to achieve an international career at the highest level and represent Canada like other artists have done before me.”
Congratulations to Isaac Chalk, recently appointed as Principal Viola of Les Violons du Roy. He begins his new post with the orchestra in September 2013.