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ANNOUNCING TORONTO’S NEWEST MUSICAL PARTNERSHIP
CBC RADIO 2’s IN CONCERT and MUSIC MONDAYS present a new lunch-hour series that showcases the next generation of our young performers.
Since it began in 2009, Next! has helped to launch the careers of artists who have gone on to establish international profiles. Past laureates include pianist Jan Lisiecki, cellist Stephane Tetrault and baritone Phillipe Sly. Next! is delighted to be collaborating this year with Music Mondays in this special presentation of some of Canada's most engaging young classical performers. There are five concerts in the series, running from November 18 to December 16. All will be recorded for broadcast and streaming on cbc.ca.
All concerts begin at 12:15 pm and run for 45 minutes
The series begins with 19-year-old Blake Pouliot. Blake is an exceptionally talented violinist who started playing at the age of six and made his concert debut at the age of 11. During high school he was concertmaster of several orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the New Music Festival Orchestra at the University of Toronto, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Having completed the Young Artist Performing Academy program at the Royal Conservatory of Music he is now in his first year of a degree in music at the Colburn Conservatory School in Los Angeles. This past July, he was awarded the Canada Council’s $15,000 Michael Measures prize - a recognition of Blake’s status as a major young talent.
At age 13, pianist Marko Pejanovic is the youngest performer this year. Marko discovered the piano at age 8 and has been astonishing teachers and audiences since then. He won the President’s Trophy at last year’s Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, he was selected to perform at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City and was one of five prize winners at the Academy Concerto Competition in January of 2012. He is currently enrolled in the Young Artist Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music
Violinist Luri Lee was born in Korea and moved with her family to Canada in 2002. Already an accomplished musician when she arrived in Toronto, Luri continued her music studies at the Young Artist Performance Academy Program at the Royal Conservatory. She then earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Erika Raum. Luri has performed in master classes of world-renowned artists such as Scott St John and Steven Isserlis. Luri most recently graduated from the Peabody Conservatory, earning her Master of Music degree studying with Pamela Frank.
Violinist Emma Meinrenken, age 14, is a student in the Young Artist Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Emma won first place in the Canadian Music Competition for four consecutive years and was awarded the Grand Prize in 2012. At age 10, Emma made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has since performed as a soloist with several other orchestras across the province and in Montreal. In February of 2013, Emma was selected to compete in the Jascha Heifetz Competition in Lithuania, where she won the Jury Prize and was invited to play at the Closing Gala concert with the winners.
Violinist Aaron Schwebel began his musical studies at the age of four in Toronto, playing violin and singing. Aaron had his first solo concerto performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at 17. Most recently, he was named Assistant Principal Second Violin of the National Ballet Orchestra. He plays regularly as an extra with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mr. Schwebel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Crow. He completed his graduate studies with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University.