This year’s Toronto Emerging Composer Award has been awarded by the Canadian Music Centre to multi-disciplinary artist Emilie Cecilia LeBel, currently a doctoral student at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
Lebel’s prize is a $5,000 cheque, which she is going to apply to developing a new opera-type work.
Honourable mention — a $1,000 cheque — goes to Monica Pearce, one of the founders of the Toy Piano Composers collective.
Interestingly, both women have studied with Gary Kulesha who, as a teacher and composer-advisor to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is a substantial force in the city’s new music community.
The award itself is financed by patrons Michael Koerner and Roger Moore.
Both will be honoured at Esprit Orchestra’s season-closing concert at Koerner Hall on March 29.
LeBel and Pearce approach their art in very different ways.
You can sample some work of LeBel’s in Vimeo, here.
Here is Pascal Meyer performing Smart Aleck, a piece for toy piano by Pearce (her next Toronto collaboration is at the Music Gallery on April 28, with the Array Chamber Ensemble):