14 year old Calgarian pianist Stephen Nguyen, winner of the Grand Prize 2011 (11-14 years old category), will perform J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 on February 25th 2012 with the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra at Montréal’s Bourgie Hall. Other works on the program include Adagio and Fugue K.546 by W.A. Mozart and Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge composed by Benjamin Britten. The orchestra will be under the direction of Appassionata’s founder and Artistic Director, Daniel Myssyk.
While he continues his studies at Mount Royal University’s Academy program under Glen Montgomery, this past summer Stephen also found time to perform at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario. He is hoping to participate in the 2014 Stepping Stone Competition.
Soprano Kirsten MacKinnon, Grand Prize winner in the 19-30 years old category, who hails from Burnaby, British Columbia, is continuing her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, under the direction of Edith Bers. Next May she will take on the role of Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini, a production of the Curtis Opera.
After studying this summer at the Orford Arts Centre with renowned pedagogue Jacques Rouvier, pianist Jason Kangsan Lee, Grand Prize winner in the 19-30 years old category, has begun his final year of studies with Marietta Orlov at the Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Violinist Tiffany Yeung, Grand Prize winner in the 7-10 years old category, recently took 1st Prize in the Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival. Tiffany is in grade 4 at Holy Trinity Elementary School and regularly performs in ceremonies and concerts at her school. She studies violin with Conrad Chow and is preparing for the next CMC Competition.
Violinist Nicole Li, Grand Prize winner in the 15-18 years old category recently performed a concert in Toronto with Barry Shiffman, Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School. A member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Nicole is also concertmaster of the senior orchestra at the RCM’s Young Artists Performing Academy, where she studies with Atis Bankas. Nicole loves to travel and was involved last summer in humanitarian efforts in El Salvador, Cambodia and Thailand.