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Royal Conservatory of Music announces significant career-development residencies for promising young musicians

By John Terauds on October 3, 2013

Violinist Luri Lee is one of seven newly minted Rebanks Family Fellows at the Royal Cosnervatory of Music's Glenn Gould Professional School. She performs at Koerner Hall with the Conservatory orchestra on Friday night.
Violinist Luri Lee is one of seven newly minted Rebanks Family Fellows at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould Professional School. She performs at Koerner Hall with the Conservatory orchestra and conductor Julian Kuerti on Friday night.

The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto announced today a new set of fellowships to help particularly promising young musicians establish international careers. It says these are the first of their kind in Canada.

The Rebanks Family and W. Garfield Weston Foundation have provided a $1 million endowment for the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program. The first seven fellowships were granted this fall through the Glenn Gould Professional School following a process of nomination and audition, says Glenn Gould School associate dean Barry Shiffman.

In future years, fellows will be chosen by application and audition. Shiffman adds that the school plans to hold auditions in Toronto as well as the Guildhall School in London.

The Rebanks fellowships come with cash to cover living expenses, private coaching, masterclasses, concerts and participation in a month-long European study programme funded by the Conservatory, says Shiffman.

According to the Conservatory’s press release, the Rebanks Fellows for 2013 are: Matthew Berliner, horn; Stefan Chaplikov, piano; Mehdi Gazi, piano; Jonathan Lo, cello; Alessandro Rauli, oboe; Britton Riley, cello; and Luri Lee, violin.

Lee is the star of the first concert, on Friday Oct. 4 with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and conductor Julian Kuerti. She will play Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at Koerner Hall. (Full programme and ticket details here.)

According to Shiffman, Luri’s mentoring will include sessions with pianist Anton Kuerti on Beethoven’s violin sonatas.

Further concerts and recitals are planned for the Rebanks Fellows in early April (some details here).

The announcement of these fellowships places the Royal Conservatory among the very few of the world’s educational institutions concerned with their music graduates career options once they step out into the real world.

“This exceptional program raises the profile of Canada’s most promising and brilliant young musicians, and strengthens the Conservatory’s standing as an incubator of excellence among the finest music education institutions in the world,” said Royal Conservatory president Peter Simon in the press release.

The current plan is to have five fellows next year, followed by a consistent six for every year afterward.

John Terauds

 

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