The competition is administered by a board which has been chaired in turn by J.F. Reeh Taylor, Lorne Watson (also serving as artistic director), David Wilson, and Robert Blair. The national advisory council comprises the presidents of such organizations as the CLComp, CUMS, CFMTA, CMEA, JMC, and several distinguished musicians. Jury chairmen have included Henry Carroll, William Baerg, Lawrence Jones, and Jack Behrens.
The competition opens with a concert presented in co-operation with CBC radio. Past concerts have featured Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Janina Fialkowska, Desmond Hoebig and Andrew Tunis, Diedre Irons (in an all-Eckhardt-Gramatté piano recital), Kevin McMillan, Allan Monk, the Orford String Quartet, Christina Petrowska, the Purcell String Quartet, Charles Rosen, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Leading musicians from Canada, the USA, and England have served as jurors. In most cases the guest recitalist remains to act as a juror. Commissioned composers for the imposed work have included Walter Buczynski, Stephen Chatman, Brian Cherney, Chester Duncan, Alfred Fisher, Malcolm Forsyth, Alain Gagnon, André Prévost, Sidney Robinovitch, Harry Somers, and Jerome Summers.
Winners of the competition have been David Swan, piano, 1976; Gwen Hoebig, violin, 1977; Jon Kimura Parker, piano, 1978; Nancy Argenta, soprano, 1980; Louise Bessette, piano, 1981; Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, 1982; Debra Parker, soprano, 1983; Jamie Parker, piano, 1984; Joanne Opgenorth, violin, 1985; Ingrid Attrot, soprano, 1986 (second prize, no first prize awarded); Leslie Robertson, viola, 1988; Janice Girard, piano, 1989; Jane Leibel, soprano, 1990; and Krista Buckland, violin, 1991. No competitions were held in 1979 and 1987. Other finalists who have pursued performance careers include Angela Cheng, Douglas Finch, Ben Heppner, Desmond Hoebig, and Walter Prossnitz.
Author Lorne Watson
Links to Other Sites
The website for internationally renowned classical pianist Louise Bessette, Member of the Order of Canada and a “leading light in the interpretation of twentieth-century music.” Features a biography, discography, repertoire, and online audio selections of her music.
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition
The official website of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...