Canadian Music Competition 2009 / 2009 Artistic Ambassador

Historical Information

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Jean-François Rivest

Our country’s music milieu can be compared to a great ecological environment in which the musicians, institutions, orchestras, and concert and opera producers are the various living species. From a social perspective, certain activities take on a very special meaning through the way in which they become part of the constant evolution of this musical life.

The Canadian Music Competition plays a critical role in the development of new generations of young musicians since it provides them with a goal, an objective, and-through its cyclical nature-, allows them to make sense of their year of learning and effort. Deeply rooted in this environment for a long time, and unquestionably custom-made to wonderfully fill this role-having allowed thousands of musicians young and old to surpass themselves at the end of each academic year-, the Canadian Music Competition has truly become an essential ritual, a season in the musical year, like the blooming of buds and flowers in the spring…

In addition, one must not forget that the diligent practice of a musical instrument is a very solitary activity. The musical material itself is so abstract that there do not seem to be any real signposts with which to measure one’s progress. The arrival of Competition season allows one to make a self-evaluation, to meet one’s peers, to offer the fruits of one’s labour and, finally, to give oneself the feeling of being part of a larger whole. In most cases, this feeling will provide the encouragement necessary to persevere through another year of musical practice and pleasure…