Supporting the development of future professional classical musicians
Montreal, May 26, 2023 – On May 25, the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation (JM Canada Foundation) held a ceremony at the Maison André-Bourbeau to recognize the work of the 2022–2023 recipients of its Artist Assistance Fund (AIDA) grants. This year, thanks to the AIDA funds, $105,000 was awarded to 7 partners and 17 young emerging Quebec classical artists for specific projects such as auditions, competitions or master classes.
The AIDA Fund provides an opportunity for artists to reach a wide network of performers and provides access to major cultural institutions of international renown. The JM Canada Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance and resources to help students and artists achieve their academic and professional goals. The ceremony is a testament to the organization’s continued support of education, professional development and its belief that learning can change lives.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of these exceptional students and artists. Their dedication and hard work is an inspiration to us all, and we are honored to support them as they embark on the next stage of their professional journey,” said Véronique Desjardins, Executive Director of the JM Canada Foundation.
A reception followed the presentation of the 2022-2023 Fellows and provided an opportunity for guests to network.
- Gabriel Dodin, Violin
Project: Studies at the Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna with M. Boris Brovtsyn.
- Chloé Dumoulin, Piano
Project: Auditions for schools and universities in London, England.
- Tommy Dupuis, Classical Guitar
Project: Participation in three workshops and competitions for classical guitar.
- Joon Oh Kim, Piano
Project: Participation in the Prix d’Europe and the Tremplin competitions.
- Emmanuel Laforest, Piano
Project : Participation in the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy.
- Thomas Larichelière-Banken, Cello
Project : Participation in the master class of Lluis Claret at the Abbey of Fontfroide in France.
- Marie-Bianca Lebeault, Oboe
Project : studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Switzerland.
- Justine Ledoux, Voice – Mezzo-soprano
Project : Participation in the Prix d’Europe 2023 competition.
- Wilhelm Magner, Viola
Project : Participation in the Prague Spring International Viola Competition.
- Jean-Christophe Melançon, Piano
Project : Participation in the 2023 edition of the Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain
- Julia Mirzoev, Violin
Project : participation to the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealande.
- Élisabeth Pion, Piano
Project : Artist Junior Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England.
- Carole-Anne Roussel, Voice – Soprano
Project : Participation in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium.
- Élisabeth St-Gelais, Voice – Soprano
Project : Intensive courses and coaching with François Racine and Louise Pelletier.
- Yu Kai Sun, Violin
Project : Auditions in Europe and studies at the Colbun School in Los Angeles, USA.
- Guillaume Villeneuve, Baroque violin
Project : Preparation of auditions and competitions for the 2022-2023 season.
- Thomas Vinals, Voice – Tenor
Project : Student exchange at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.
* Artists’ biographies are available here.
About the AIDA Fund
The AIDA Fund was established with the financial support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. It provides non-recurring financial assistance to artists for the realization of a specific project such as an audition, a competition, master classes, etc.
In accordance with JM Canada’s mandate, the AIDA Fund of the Fondation JM Canada aims to support the career development and professional development of young Quebec artists, but also to promote their access to major national and international cultural institutions.
About the JM Canada Foundation
The JM Canada Foundation’s mission is to raise, create and administer funds to support JM Canada’s mission to promote the discovery of classical music among young audiences and to support the career development of young classically trained musicians on the national scene.
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