Olivier Bergeron wins 2018 Choquette-Symcox Award
Montréal, May 24, 2018 – The Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation is proud to announce that baritone Olivier Bergeron is the 2018 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 $6,000 bursary.
Olivier Bergeron is a young lyric baritone from Montréal, Canada. After having started his vocal studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Olivier made his professional debut with the Opéra de Montréal at age 16 as Joseph DeRocher’s younger brother in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. At 18, he made his recital debut with the Festival de musique de Lachine alongside Canadian pianist Olivier Godin.
Recent performances include the title role in Landi’s La morte d’Orfeo, with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques at the Royaumont Abbey, a Schubert recital with Alex Soloway at the Festival de musique de Lachine, a mélodie recital alongside Felicity Lott and François Le Roux at the Salle Cortot in Paris and a production of Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole with Opera Fuoco in Levallois.
Olivier has recently completed a year of studies on full scholarship at the École normale de musique de Paris with François Le Roux, focusing of the French repertoire and mélodie française. He is the recipient of a number of grants and scholarships, including from the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation, the Art Song Foundation of Canada and the École normale de musique de Paris.
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
2018: Olivier Bergeron, baritone
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