Canadian Music Competition 2015 / 2015 Artistic Ambassador

Historical Information

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Robert Silverman

Life, like many musical forms, is cyclical. Themes that occur early in a composition invariably reappear throughout the work, bringing on each occasion experiences accrued over the passage of time. As a result, each appearance of the theme seems richer, more complex, and more meaningful to the listener.

In 1961, at the outset of my own lifelong musical journey, I entered a relatively new provincial competition entitled Festivals de Musique du Québec, and was named Grand Prize winner that year. The prize included a recital tour of the province plus an appearance with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Wilfrid Pelletier. Since then, I have followed with deep gratification the renamed CMC’s progress, as it began its coast-to-coast expansion in 1971, to become firmly established as one of Canada’s most important musical organizations.

As a faculty member at UBC, I have witnessed my own students competing with success in the CMC’s Stepping Stone division. On those occasions, I have invariably been struck by the astonishing musical prowess evinced by even the youngest competitors, let alone the advanced ones.

Which brings us, 54 years later, to 2015. I am deeply honoured to be named an Artistic Ambassador to the CMC, and wish all competitors much success in your musical undertakings now and in the future.

With best wishes

  • Robert Silverman