From alumni and faculty of the RCM Certificate Program, The Glenn Gould School (GGS), and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, to Koerner Hall performers, here are the RCM artists in the Top 22 this year.
Featuring Frédéric Gagnon, principal trumpet, an alumnus of the RCM Certificate Program.
19. Lumena, Topaz Duo
Both members of this Toronto duo have strong ties to the RCM: Harpist and JUNO Award-winner Angela Schwarzkopf is an alumna and faculty of The Glenn Gould School; and flutist Kaili Maimets is an RCM alumna, ARCT, and gold medalist.
Both Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier are Koerner Hall artists.
16. Preludes, Julia MacLaine
Cellist Julia MacLaine is an RCM alumna.
Pianist Angela Hewitt is an RCM alumna and Koerner Hall artist.
Among the acclaimed musicians on this album are RCM alumni Jae-Won Bang, violin; Angela Cavadas, violin; Katrina Chitty, viola (gold medalist); Leslie Dala, conductor; Chris James, flute/piccolo/recorder - (ARCT, gold medalist, FHMC Scholarship); Jenny Lim, violin; Isidora Nojkovic, cello; Timothy Steeeves, violin (ARCT, gold medalist, FHMC Scholarship); and RCM teachers Ariel Barnes, cello; Evelyn Creaser-Rumley, violin; Mark Ferris, violin; Jane Hayes, piano; Anna Levy, piano; Domagoj Ivanovic, violin; Ann Okagaito, violin; Reg Quiring, viola; Isabelle Roland, viola; Mary Sokol-Brown, violin; Xiaoxue Sunny She, violin; Nicholas Wright, violin; and RCM alumni and teachers AK Coope, clarinet; and Jennie Press, violin.
11. Viola Borealis, Marina Thibeault, Orchestre de l'Agora, Nicolas Ellis
Conductor Nicolas Ellis is a Koerner Hall artist.
Violinist Angèle Dubeau and her chamber orchestra, La Pietà, are Koerner Hall artists, including performances at the RCM’s 21C Music Festival.
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is a Koerner Hall artist and a contributor to the RCM’s Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition Repertoire books.
Featuring RCM vocal alumni Karina Gauvin; Sophie Naubert; and Stéphane Tétreault, who is also an RCM voice teacher.
Violinists Andrew Wan is an RCM alumnus, and Charles Richard-Hamelin is a Koerner Hall artist.
This baroque chamber ensemble includes RCM alumna and cello teacher Amanda Keesmaat.
A JUNO Award winner and UNESCO Ambassador, pianist Jan Lisiecki is also Koerner Hall artist and alumnus of the RCM.
2. Fables, Philip Chiu
Pianist Philip Chiu is an alumnus of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists.
Among the musicians of collectif9 are RCM alumni Chloé Chabanole, violin; John Corban, violin; and Andrea Stewart, cello.