Concert at Appleby College / Oakville, Ontario

, 2:00 pm
  • Willis Hall — Appleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West

A benefit concert to raise funds for the CMC Scholarship fund featuring some of Canada’s top young musicians including Yulai Duan (piano), Emma Meinrenken (violin), Vivian Chen (piano) and Julia Debowska (soprano). Plus performances by Appleby College music students. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets: Free! Donation to the CMC Scholarship fund would be much appreciated.

Emma Meinrenken attends the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Atis Bankas. This summer she was selected as one of eight violinists to participate in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. She was the youngest semi-finalist at the last Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna, Austria, placed first at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition in Utah and won the Jury Prize at the Joscha Heifetz International Violin Competition in Lithuania. In 2012, Emma won the grand prize at the Canadian Music Competition as well as the 2013 FCMS National Competition and in 2014 was named one of the Top 30 Hot Young Canadian Classical Musicians under the age of 30 by CBC Radio. She was selected to represent Canada in a cultural event at the APEC international summit held in Beijing, China. She made her professional debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at age 10 and has performed as a soloist with many other orchestras across North America.

Piece: Niccolo Paganini: I Palpiti, Op. 13 Introduction and Variations on a theme by Rossini, (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Vivian Chen is currently in her third year at the University of Toronto majoring in piano performance under the tutelage of Lydia Wong. In 2016, Vivian was awarded first prize at the national Canadian Music Competition with 95%, and at the University of Toronto’s UTSO Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance with the orchestra this January. Vivian recently performed in the Weill Recital Hall in March as her Carnegie Hall debut. Future performances include an appearance with the York Symphony Orchestra in their 2017/18 season, as well as in the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida in July.

Piece: Franz Liszt, Vallée d'Obermann (from Années de Pèlerinages S. 160, Première Année: Suisse

Yulai Duan studies the piano at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Berkovsky. In 2016 he was placed first at the CMC Nationals in the 11 year old category.

Piece: Variations Serieuses Op.54 by F. Mendelssohn

Julia Dębowska is a full scholarship student at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy in Toronto. She has performed twice in Carnegie Hall, NY. In October 2015, Julia received III Prize (Group A1, 16-17) at the IV. Giulio Perotti International Vocal Competition in Uckermünde, Germany. In June 2016, she received First Place at the Canadian Music Competition with the highest mark (96%) for voice (ages 18-33) in the National Final. Julia will be spending her second summer at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montréal, led by Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Opera.

Pieces: 1. "Tornami a vagheggiar" from Alcina, by G. F. Handel; 2. "Wonne der Wehmuth" D. 260, by F. Schubert; 3. "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" from Giuditta, by F. Lehar

Contact Susan for information 905-842-7424

The Canadian Music Competition (CMC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, supporting and promoting promising young Canadian classical music students. We provide opportunities for the musicians to measure themselves against their peers through competitions, we give financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries and we offer a wide range of performance opportunities. The Oakville-Mississauga chapter was founded in 1996.