McGill University’s Schulich School of Music has announced a new competition open to all Canadian composers age 35 or younger. The competition will be funded by a $1 million donation from McGill alumnus Dr Graham Sommer.
The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers will “shine a spotlight on the best young composers from across Canada, bringing them to the attention of the Canadian public and the international musical world,” said Schulich School of Music’s Interim Dean, Julie Cumming.
The first annual competition is slated to begin in the Spring of 2017 and will commemorate Canada’s 150th and Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations. Contest details will be release later this year.
Born in British Columbia, Sommer graduated from McGill in 1972 and went on to a successful career in radiology at Stanford University. Sommer, who is also a pianist and composer, retired in 2016 as Professor of Radiology, Emeritus.