Called Young Artists Inspired by Glenn Gould, the evening's programme was a thrilling musical experience paying tribute to works that Gould performed or arranged. The Foundation presented the concert both to honour and demonstrate Gould's international impact and to highlight and advance the careers of exceptional emerging musicians.
The concert began with opening remarks from His Excellency who stated, "The youth here today are wonderful examples of what happens when we devote time, attention and resources to education. They have learned from masters in music and have succeeded because of their ambition and their commitment." Brian Levine, Executive Director (GGF) spoke about the work of the Foundation to the distinguished audience and thanked the performers for making the long journey to Ottawa for this special event. Master of Ceremonies, Andrew Craig of CBC Radio 2 then took to the stage, presenting the artists with flare.
We would like to thank Aeroplan Canada for their tremendous support for this event, providing all airfare and accommodations for the performing musicians. Thank you also to Yamaha Music Canada Ltd., Ottawa Pianos and Mr. Andrew Craig.
The Young Artists
William Leathers, Canada
William Franklyn Leathers is nine years old. He has been playing the piano since the age of five. William is a multiple sensory synesthete, which gives him the amazing ability to see music in colour. He is also a trumpeter and a singer and frequently performs to benefit World Vision.
KaJeng Wong, Hong Kong
KaJeng Wong started playing the piano at the age of seven. Since then, he has won several prizes and has successfully competed in many competitions, including the Piano Concerto Competition at Indiana University. His youthful passions, pursuits and ideals as an artist have been captured in the award-winning documentary, KJ: Music and Life.
Wallis Giunta, Canada
Hailed by critics for her “voice of satin purity,” mezzo Wallis Giunta’s season includes second lady in Die Zauberflöte (Canadian Opera Company), and Messiah (The Regina Symphony). A graduate of The Glenn Gould professional school of The Royal Conservatory, Wallis was recently awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant, and was the winner of the Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions. She is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and will join the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Program in Fall 2011.
Steven Philcox, Canada
Pianist Steven Philcox has quickly established himself as one of Canada's finest collaborators. He is a regular recital partner for many of Canada's renowned singers. Mr. Philcox is currently professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Toronto and continues to have an association with the Canadian Opera Company. He will be accompanying Wallis Giunta for the Governor General's concert.
Miguel Ángel Cegarra, Venezuela
Miguel Ángel Cegarra is 11 years old and is a member of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (El Sistema); whose founder Dr. José Antonio Abreu was awarded the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize (2008). Miguel has been a soloist since he was eight years old and recently performed under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, in Haydn’s Concerto in C Major for cello and orchestra. He has also studied in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma and Philippe Mueller, among others.
Marika Bournaki, Canada
Nineteen-year-old pianist Marika Bournaki is an exciting young artist with an extraordinarily engaging musicianship. Recent engagements have included a National Arts Centre performance in Ottawa on the Debut Series of recitals, as well as the Konzert Accordate series, in Aachen, Germany. Marika performed a sold-out fundraising recital for the Glenn Gould Foundation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, in New York. Marika is currently studying at the Juilliard School.
Tina Chong, Canada
Pianist Tina Chong is the grand prize winner of the 2010 Canadian Music Competition Stepping Stone Competition. Her playing has been described as “…mature and yet fresh, imbued with tradition and yet inhabited by individuality; the marks of an artist.” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times)
Mehdi Bilal Ghazi, Algeria
Mehdi Bilal Ghazi attended the Montréal Conservatory of Music and currently studies with Canadian pianist André Laplante. Mehdi has won numerous prizes since coming to Canada in 2006, including the Young Professional prize from La Montée des Arts; first prize at the Festival de musique classique du Bas-Richelieu; and first prize at the Canadian Musical Competition (chamber music category). Mehdi has also worked with such notable musicians as Anton Kuerti and Emanuel Ax.
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia
Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze, who began studying piano at age seven, is First Laureate of Canada’s prestigious Honens International Piano Competition (2009). This young virtuoso, who has played in Europe and North America; is renowned for his intense musicality and clarity of sound, and is fast attracting fans worldwide.
Andrew Craig, Master of Ceremonies
Andrew Craig is a Toronto musician, producer, arranger, director and composer. He is also the host of Canada Live on CBC Radio 2, the national nightly live concerts program.
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh 114
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Prelude in C Minor BWV 847
William Leathers, Piano
Toccata in E Minor BWV 914
KaJeng Wong, Piano
Cantata BWV 74, “Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten”
Aria, “Nichts kann mich erretten von höllischen Ketten"
Wallis Giunta, Mezzo-soprano
Steven Philcox, Piano
from Suite for Violoncello in C Major, BWV 1009
V Bourée I-II
Miguel Ángel Cegarra, Cello
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
32 variations in C minor Wo080
Marika Bournaki, Piano
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)/Glenn Gould (1932-1982)
Prelude to the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata in A Major K 331
I Andante grazioso
Tina Chong, Piano
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Bist du bei mir BWV 508
Wallis Giunta, Mezzo-soprano
Steven Philcox, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermezzo No. 1, Op. 117
Mehdi Ghazi, Piano
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)