Antoine Malette-Chénier wins 2014 Michael Measures Prize

Date: July 29, 2014 Author: NYO Canada Categories: Press Release / Communiqué de presse






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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.

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“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

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

General information

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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