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41st Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition - Amy Hillis - violin

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2018 COMPETITION – STRINGS

The 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is for string players. The competition took place in Brandon, Manitoba on May 4, 5 and 6, 2018.

The Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music is a memorial to composer, pianist, and violinist S.C. (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté who spent the last twenty-one years of her life in Manitoba. It fulfills her lifelong dream of creating a means by which the music of contemporary composers could make its presence felt by young musicians on the threshold of their careers. The E-Gré National Music Competition has been held annually since 1976 at Brandon University.

This year's winner is Amy Hillis - violin.

“Amy Hillis has “a rich, warm sound and has mastered the violin with such ease, that it is impossible to ignore her passion in performance” (Ludwig Van Montréal). Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Amy collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency awarded by the Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. She is also the winner of the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition and the prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award. Amy is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Violin Performance at McGill University in Montréal with the esteemed violin professor, Axel Strauss. Her studies are funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She performs on the 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.”

Amy will perform with her collaborative pianist - Kathleen Dowling.

Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to color”, and by the Boston Globe for her “effortless incisiveness”, award-winning Canadian pianist Dr. Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and Europe. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble player, she performs as a member of the New Fromm Players of the Tanglewood Music Center, Gruppo Montebello ensemble (Etcetera label), and enjoys close associations with The Orlando Festival, The Banff Centre, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. She credits her teacher Gil Kalish as the major influence in her musical life.


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