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Promising classical performer Antoine Malette-Chénier wins 2014 Michael Measures Prize
Ottawa, July 29, 2014 – Harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council Michael Measures Prize. A unique collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC), this $25,000 prize recognizes promising talent in the next generation of Canadian classical musicians. This year, it will enable Antoine Malette-Chénier to pursue advanced studies in baroque harp at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, as well as in pedal harp with various European masters. The prize will be presented during a special NYOC performance at the National Arts Centre on July 31, 2014 at 8:00pm.
“The Canada Council for the Arts is an essential component of the cultural life of our country, and I am extremely honoured to count myself among those who benefit from its support,” said Antoine Malette-Chénier. “The Michael Measures Prize will allow me to fulfil my long-time dream of studying under masters of the harp in France, and then bringing that expertise back to Canada to share with the Canadian public.”
About Antoine Malette-Chénier
- Born in Gatineau, QC, 23 year-old Antoine Malette-Chénier is already recognized as an innovative harpist who performs an extensive repertoire ranging from Renaissance to contemporary creations.
- He has performed with major orchestras including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Metropolitan in Montréal, and has been a guest artist at Ottawa’s International Chamber Music Festival (2007), as well as Vancouver’s World Harp Congress (2011).
- Malette-Chénier has also received several awards, including a first prize at the 2013 Montréal Symphony Orchestra Competition and earned two National Arts Centre Orchestra scholarships.
- He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Montréal and a master degree from the Yale School of Music.
- Learn more about Antoine Malette-Chénier here.
About the Michael Measures Prize
- The Michael Measures Prize is awarded annually to young performers of classical music who are between the ages of 16 and 22 and have successfully completed the NYOC’s annual summer training program.
- The prize is named for Michael Measures, a music enthusiast and long-time volunteer in the Ottawa arts community. At his death, Measures left a generous bequest of $1,000,000 to the Canada Council to provide opportunities for young classical musicians to improve their skills and to encourage public recognition of their achievements.
- The NYOC supervises the administration of the competition and selection of the annual winner
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates within the Canada Council.
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