Magali Simard-Galdès wins 2017 Choquette-Symcox Award
Montréal, June 5, 2017 – The Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation is proud to announce that soprano Magali Simard-Galdès is the 2017 winner of the Choquette-Symcox Award, which includes a 5 000$ bursary.
The Choquette-Symcox Award is an initiative of the late Fernand Choquette and of Peter J.F. Symcox in honour of their shared love for music. This award was created in 2010 to support the career development of emerging artists from Quebec. The award includes a $5,000 bursary.
As a young artist at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Magali Simard-Galdès has completed her studies with Aline Kutan at the Montreal Conservatory of Music (MCM). Between 2010 and 2014 she took part in numerous music competitions and interpreted many roles, such as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Opera da Camera, 2013). She is the winner of the Maureen Forrester Music Award.
A native of Montreal, Fernand Choquette developed a passion for poetry and drama and an enthusiasm for classical music early on in life. He joined Radio-Canada in 1955 and rapidly established himself among the most accomplished producer-director of documentaries.
Director, producer, set designer, and critic, Peter Symcox has been an adjudicator for various drama festivals, and has contributed articles to newspapers and periodicals, including The Montreal Star and Opera Canada. Shortly after his arrival in Montreal in 1953, he was hired as a set designer for CBC TV and later became a producer of music programs. He currently lives in Victoria, BC.
List of award winners
2017: Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano
2016 : Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano
2015 : Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, tenor
2014 : Daniel Clarke-Bouchard, piano
2013 : Stéphane Tétreault, cello
2012 : Marie-Eve Munger, soprano
2011 : Philippe Sly, baritone-bass
2010 : Tomislav Lavoie, bass