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Posted by Christopher Boyle | October 16, 2015



MAGALI SIMARD-GALDÈS, soprano will be touring with Jeunesses Musicales Canada in 2016-2017


Montreal, September 15, 2015 – Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) is proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Maureen Forrester Prize: soprano Magali Simard-Galdès.

Created in 2011, the Maureen Forrester Prize is awarded every three years to the most talented emerging singer in Canada. The prize consists of 30 recital concerts as part of the 2016-2017 JMC Emerging Artists Tour. In keeping with Maureen Forrester's belief in promoting living Canadian composers, Ms. Simard-Galdès' tour includes a new work written especially for her, by Canadian composer Tawnie Olson, commissioned by the Canadian Art Song Project (CASP) and based on texts by a Canadian poet.


About Magali Simard-Galdès

Magali Simard-Galdès is a young soprano from Rimouski, Canada. She is currently studying with Aline Kutan at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (CMM), as well as privately with Edith Wiens. She has won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, voice category, three times between 2010 and 2013, and was a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2014. Her 2015-2016 season will feature her European debut in the role of Nicette (Le pré aux clercs by F. Hérold) at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland. For her 2016-2017 Maureen Forrester Prize Tour, she will perform a programme of art songs entitaled The Voices of Women with pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard.

[Photo credit: Larissa Lognay]


About Maureen Forrester

For her entire career, mezzo-soprano Maureen Forrester was recognized for her artistic excellence, enthusiasm, and professionalism.  She was also known for her unswerving support of Canada’s emerging artists and composers.  Ms. Forrester was one of JMC’s first touring artists, served as President of the organization from 1972 – 1975, and was Chair of the Canada Council from 1983-1988.  She was the recipient of the Officer of the Order of Québec and a Companion of the Order of Canada.  It is in the spirit of this remarkable artist that Jeunesses Musicales Canada created this prize.


About Tawnie Olson

Tawnie Olson’s works have been performed by the Calgary Philharmonic, the Land’s End Ensemble, Duo Fiolûtröniq, the Wanmu Percussion Trio, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and NOTUS: Indiana University’s Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She has won several prizes, including a SOCAN Foundation award. In 2010, the Canadian Chamber Choir recorded her piece Chantez à l’Éternel for their album “In Good Company”. Tawnie Olson holds a PhD in Composition from the University of Toronto, and is an associate professor of composition at the Hartt Music School in Hartford, Connecticutt.


About Jeunesses Musicales Canada

A non-profit organization, Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) has a dual mission: to promote the performance of classical music, especially for young audiences, and to help young professional instrumentalists, singers and composers to develop their careers at the national and international levels. Thanks to a network of over 300 volunteers JMC became one of the first organizations to present professional calibre concerts in outlying regions far from major urban centres. Since its inception, JMC has presented tens of thousands of concerts to young audiences, families, and the general public from coast to coast across Canada. Now, a typical JMC season includes over 800 concerts and upwards of 650 workshops, delivered by over 120 artists in some 200 venues across Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. JMC reaches an audience of about 140,000 people each year, 100,000 of which are children between the ages of three and twelve.


About the Canadian Art Song Project

Canadian Art Song Project was founded in 2011 by tenor Lawrence Wiliford and pianist Steven Philcox. Inspired by a passion for Canadian music, and art song in particular, its mission is to build on the rich legacy of Canadian song by engaging composers, poets, and performers to share and celebrate their experiences through the creation of new music while, at the same time, providing opportunities for Canadian artists to program and advocate the wealth of beauty in the existing song literature. Since its inception CASP has commissioned new works from a number of composers including Brian Harman, Norbert Palej, Brian Current, James Rolfe, Peter Tiefenbach, Marjan Mozetich, Erik Ross, and Ana Sokolovic. CASP’s critically acclaimed recordings are available on the Centrediscs label and include works by Derek Holman, Brian Harman and Norbert Palej.


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