From very early on, my participation in the Canadian Music Competitions was a source of learning both as a young musician and as a young person. Preparing for this competition required that I assimilate a multitude of varied works, allowed me to develop discipline and tenacity while nourishing my love of music, and gave me the opportunity, during the rounds, to measure myself to fellow young musicians, getting to know them and, in the process, building lasting bonds and friendships. I cherish these wonderful memories of my youth and formative years, of those moments filled with anticipation, happiness - and sometimes disappointment -, of all those emotions and experiences that, in the end, shape our development. The CMC is an important, even vital stepping-stone on the path of all the young Canadians who want to enter the marvellous world of a musician’s life. It is from the heart that I wish “good luck” to all of this year’s candidates, hoping that they will encounter success and fulfillment, and I congratulate the parents, teachers, organizers, judges and volunteers also involved in this great and beautiful musical adventure.
Chantal Juillet, C.Q., O.C.
Winning all major Canadian music competitions by the age of 16, Montréal-born violinist Chantal Juillet first came to international attention when she received First Prize at the Young Concert Artists Competition (NY), making successful débuts in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. Recognised as one of Canada’s most brilliant musicians, she appears frequently with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has toured Europe, North and South America with the Montréal Symphony, Spain with The Philharmonia, Italy with the Orchestre National de France and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Her first recording for Decca of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and the two Szymanowski concerti was released to outstanding critical acclaim. Subsequent recordings include an all-Ravel disc, which won the Gramophone Award for the Best Chamber Music Recording of 1997, the Goldschmidt Rondeau and Violin Concerto conducted by the composer, the Korngold, Krenek and Weill violin concerti with the Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, which formed part of Decca’s Entartete Musik (Degenerate Art) project, and Rêverie et Caprice, a collection of French pieces for violin and orchestra with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. Chantal Juillet also recorded a disc of chamber music with Martha Argerich for EMI, which was released in July 1999. Fervent ambassador of new music, Chantal Juillet is an active proponent of première performances, associated with some of today’s foremost composers. In 1994 she gave the first public performance of Berthold Goldschmidt’s Violin Concerto at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, with the Orchestre National de France. After the performance, the composer dedicated the concerto to her, and subsequently wrote Rondeau as a gesture of their musical friendship. Miss Juillet also collaborated with Krzysztof Penderecki on his 2nd Violin Concerto, Metamorphoses, premièring this significant work in North America and several European countries in 1996. World premières include André Prévost’s Violin Concerto (1998), written for her and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the Canada Council’s 40th anniversary, Richard Danielpour’s Violin Concerto (2000) and Lowell Liebermann’s Violin Concerto (2001), both written for her and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Denys Bouliane’s Triple Concerto, Tetrapharmakos (2004), commissioned by the Montréal Symphony, as well as numerous chamber music works. In addition, she gave the North American première (2003) of James MacMillan’s A Deep but Dazzling Darkness and will shortly record this work for Chandos. Since 1991, Chantal Juillet is Music Director of the Saratoga International Chamber Music Festival (NY). From 2001 to 2003, she held the same title at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and since 2005 she combines the positions of Artistic Associate and Director of Chamber Music at the Canton International Summer Music Academy (CISMA), newly founded by China’s Ministry of Culture and IMG Artists. Chantal Juillet is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with the eminent violinist Josef Gingold. In 2000, she was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France, and received, in 2005, the Opus Prize for «Personality of the Year» from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec. As of August 2006, she was named “Officer of the Order of Canada”.