Hosted by The Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in collaboration with the Glenn Gould Foundation on June 9th, 2016 in The Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park.
At The Glenn Gould Foundation, we have always had a special mandate to promote gifted young artists, whether through our Glenn Gould Protégé Prize or evenings such as this, and this event is no exception.
Pianist Leonid Nediak is simply a brilliant young artist and a star of tomorrow. At the age of 13, he has already performed with the Montreal and Quebec City Symphonies, and twice won Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition – each time with the highest scores in the 55-year history of that competition. Next year, he will make his debut with the Toronto Symphony – at age 14, just as Glenn Gould did, 70 years prior. He was joined for the third number, his Rhapsody No. 1, by one of Canada’s finest and most accomplished ‘cellists, Coenraad Bloemendal.
The Glenn Gould Foundation has had the pleasure and privilege of presenting Wallis Giunta on several occasions, including the presentation of the 10th Glenn Gould Prize by His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall to Robert Lepage two years ago. We are so proud of her growth as an artist, as a truly inspiring and vocally brilliant musical artist, as she conquers the operatic stages of the world. She was joined by one of Canada’s finest pianists and a long-time collaborator, Stephen Philcox.
Photographs courtesy of Kenneth Chou Photography. Text: Brian Levine