Posted on 25 June 2014.
The McGill Chamber Orchestra dedicated its June 10 performance to the memory of long-time MCO concertmaster, chamber musician, and teacher Yaela Hertz Berkson. Ms Hertz was appointed concertmaster of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in 1959 by founder and Music Director, Alexander Brott, and held this position for over 40 years. Boris Brott, current artistic director of the MCO, says: “Yaela Hertz’s sound became the hallmark of the orchestra for her entire tenure. This warm and personal tone with its exceptional engaging quality garnered rave reviews for the orchestra on its world tours. She was a model of a collaborator for my father Alexander and the two simply became one in their musical expression.”
Orchestra London has announced the retirement of two prominent musicians from its ranks: principal oboist Ian Franklin, and principal second violinist Sigmar Martin. Mr. Franklin joined the orchestra in 1986, and Mr. Martin joined the orchestra in 1981. They have each enriched community life through their orchestral, solo, and chamber performances, and both have been busy teachers, as well.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of a new Composer-in-Residence, Jocelyn Morlock (succeeding Edward Top); the inaugural appointment of Composer-in-Association, Marcus Goddard (the VSO’s current Associate Principal Trumpet); and the promotion of its current Assistant Conductor, Gordon Gerrard, to the title of Associate Conductor, for a two-year term.
The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winner of this year’s $25,000 Virginia Parker Prize, awarded to “a Canadian classical musician under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent and musicianship.” This year’s winner is harpist Caroline Cole, a native of Peterborough ON, and a past student of Judy Loman and Nancy Allen. For more information, please visit canadacouncil.ca.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced the retirement of violinist Ray Chrunyk, stepping down from his post after an amazing 40 years.
Congratulations to conductors Jacques Lacombe (Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres and New Jersey Symphony) and Boris Brott (McGill Chamber Orchestra and National Academy Orchestra), both recently installed as members of the Ordre National du Quebec!
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society has recently announced the appointment of Maxim Antoshin as its new Executive Director. Mr. Antoshin has been executive director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra since 2011, and will take up his new responsibilities in Ottawa in early September 2014.