re@transmission: Transmission and youth

Inextricably connected with young emerging talent, Transmission strongly supports performers devoted to contemporary music as well as today’s composers.

2016-17 Season

February 1, 2017 – “Les herbes folles

Young violinist Elizabeth Skinner was selected through the Portail open call of Codes d’accès, and she will be part of our concert “Les herbes folles.”

Through our partnership with Codes d’accès, Ensemble Transmission endeavours to offer young musicians the opportunity to develop through mentoring sessions and rehearsals with members of the ensemble. 

Elizabeth Skinner began studying violin at the age of 9 in her hometown of Victoria, Canada. Since then she has gone on to be recognized as an engaging and diverse performer winning solo and chamber awards in Canada and the United States. She was concertmaster with the McDuffie Center String Ensemble, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. Elizabeth has performed at music academies and festivals in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. In 2013 she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor degree in violin performance from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Georgia, USA. She recently completed her Masters degree in violin performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under the instruction of Axel Strauss.

2014-15 Season

April 29, 2015 – Public Rehearsal
May 1st, 2015 – "Un certain regard

Winners of our young performers competition, "Do you play contemporary Canadian Music?" were selected by an anonymous listening process. More information about the competition.

Thomas Chartré (cello) received a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Katz, Lluis Claret and Pieter Wispelwey. In 2012, he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under the tutelage of Denis Brott. He was awarded the Prix Sylva-Gelber in 2013 and in 2014 and he has played with symphonic and chamber orchestras.

Steve Cowan is a guitarist from St. John's, Newfoundland. International awards include first prizes at Boston GuitarFest (2013) and first place in guitar at the FCMF National Music Festival (2012). He holds degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Manhattan School of Music, and he has been featured on numerous CBC radio and television programs that showcase musical talent from Newfoundland and Labrador. Steve is currently pursuing a career as a performer, composer and teacher in Montreal.

2013-14 Season

November 22, 2013 – Made in America
We invite the percussionist Olivier Marand to take part in the performance of For Frank O’Hara by Morton FELDMAN  

Musician, soloist, orchestral percussionist, and multidisciplinary artist, Olivier Maranda is a founding member of ensemble Allogène, and also performs occasionally with ensembles ECM, Codes d’accès, and Orchestre Métropolitain. He developed and performed the music for the piece TheStick by choreographer Andrew Tay, and he has participated in the soundscape of various installations by visual artist Sophie Bélaire-Clément. In May 2010, he was invited to the XXXII foro internacional de musica nueva Manuel Enriquez in Mexico to perform the piece Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. Olivier Maranda is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal on the subject of performance practice of works for solo percussion by Xenakis.
 
November 6, 2013 – Transmission invites
Transmission invites Everett Hopfner, piano

In collaboration with the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Transmission is pleased to welcome the winner of the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Manitoban pianist Everett Hopfner, during his Canadian tour as the winner of that competition. Everett has proposed a programme that sees him covering several rôles from story-telling to playing percussion and piano to being a poet…This concert is part of our series that interfaces directly with the younger generation : re@transmission: Transmission et la relève.

Everett Hopfner is a proud native of Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, celebrated for his passionate and inventive performances of contemporary repertoire. As the winner of the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Everett will tour across Canada in Autumn 2013. He has been based in Germany since 2010, and will soon commence graduate studies in new music at  Musikhochschule Stuttgart under Prof. Nicolas Hodges.

Everett holds a Künstlerische Ausbildung Diplom from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, where he studied with Prof. Catherine Vickers; and a Bachelor of Music (2010) from Brandon University as a student of Prof. Megumi Masaki. He is a longtime participant of the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, and additional courses of study have led him to performances in the United States, France, England and China.

Everett Hopfner is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. He has toured throughout Germany as a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and his playing has been broadcast on numerous occasions by Hessischer Rundfunk.

2012-13 Season

 
Transmission invites three emerging musicians to participate in the performance of Volo Soloby Cornelius Cardew: a work dedicated to “an indefinite number of virtuosic instrumentalists where each player begins each phrase on cue as an ensemble, plays all of the notes in each phrase that are conceivably possible on his or her instrument and as fast as possible, finishing each phrase independently from the other players according to the speed at which the player is capable of executing the phrase”. Our two partners are: Émilie Girard-Charest (cello), and Felix Del Tredici (trombone). All of these musicians are involved in the performance of contemporary music, including improvisation and the commissioning and premiering of new written works.
 
Émilie Girard-Charest studied cello with Denis Brott and composition with Michel Gonneville at Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.As a chamber musician, a soloist and with different ensembles (Allogène, Supermusique, La Machine), she dedicates herself to new musics. She has worked with many composers, including Malcolm Goldstein, Michel Gonneville, André Hamel, Maxime McKinley, Guillaume Primard, Frans Ben Callado, Fredrik Gran, Adam Basanta, Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Danielle Palardy Roger, Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Jean-Pierre Deleuze and Isaiah Ceccarelli. Émilie has played at numerous festivals in Québec (Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, OFF Festival de Jazz, Festival de Jazz de Montréal, Festival de Jazz de Québec, Montréal Nouvelles Musiques), in the United States (Avant-Music Festival, New York), in Belgium (Ars Musica) and is currently preparing a South American tour (Chili, Argentina and Uruguay) with pianist Daniel Añez. For this occasion, the duo will perform works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Vinko Globokar, Mario Lavista, Julio Estrada and Eduardo Cáceres. She also took part of various theatre and dance productions, such as Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco (Troupe Éponyme directed by Jocelyn Sioui), Couloir et Chambres by Philippe Minyana and La fête à Jean by Pierre-Luc Lasalle (Théâtre L’Instant, directed by André-Marie Coudou), ADN by Dennis Kelly (Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Montréal, directed by Sylvain Bélanger), the Physical Theater Choir Project (Vicky Tansey) and The Sticks (Andrew Tay). She is now working on a duet with the dancer and visual artist Sarah Bronsard.
 
Felix Del Tredici is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Bass Trombone performance with Pierre Beaudry at The Schulich School of Music. Other teachers include Dave Taylor, and Edward Carroll. He has been a semi-finalist in the OSM Standard Life Competition, played with the Orford Arts Centre Orchestra, and last summer was a participant of the 43rdInternationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt where he pursued studies with Mike Svoboda. He has premiered new works for trombone most notably in Darmstadt, “Innovations en Concert” in Montreal, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York.
 
 

2011-12 Season

Trans-époques tours various communities throughout the Island of Montréal under the auspices of “Montreal Arts Council on tour.” For two performances of this programme, the young percussionist Olivier Maranda was invited to join Transmission.
 
Musician, soloist, orchestral percussionist, and multidisciplinary artist, Olivier Maranda is a founding member of ensemble Allogène, and also performs occasionally with ensembles ECM, Codes d’accès, and Orchestre Métropolitain. He developed and performed the music for the piece TheStick by choreographer Andrew Tay, and he has participated in the soundscape of various installations by visual artist Sophie Bélaire-Clément. In May 2010, he was invited to the XXXII foro internacional de musica nueva Manuel Enriquez in Mexico to perform the piece Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. Olivier Maranda is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal on the subject of performance practice of works for solo percussion by Xenakis.
 
March 14, 2012 – Transmission Italienne
 
For our programme in homage to the Italian world of transparent contours and kaleidescopic prisms, Ensemble Transmission invited Elinor Frey, who was a doctorate student at McGill University, to perform Lame for solo cello by Franco Donatoni. Elinor’s proposal was selected by a process of recorded submissions to be judged by members of Transmission.
 
Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Hailed as an "Impeccable cellist" by Montreal's La Presse, "A superb cellist" by the Syracuse Post-Standard, and an "unquestionable and robust talent" by the Giornale di Brescia, Elinor’s honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian baroque and modern unaccompanied cello music. Elinor’s recent concert appearances include with the Grand Junction Symphony (Colorado), the Rogue Valley Symphony (Oregon), Ensemble Caprice, Les Idées Hereuses, Bradamante Cello Duo, Arion, the Lamèque Festival, Novus NY Trinity Wall Street, le NEM, Ensemble KORE, and the SMCQ. Next season’s highlights include performances with Pallade Musica, grand prize winner of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, and Lutoslawski cello concerto in Waterloo, Ontario. Elinor’s debut album, Dialoghi, titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky, was released on the Yarlung Records label. Her upcoming album, La voce del violoncello, will be released in 2013. Elinor holds degrees from McGill University, Mannes, and the Juilliard School.