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WMC 2017-2018 Concert Series #2 - 40th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Com...

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2017 E-Gré Winner

Alexandra Smither, soprano

Congratulations to Alexandra Smither and Pierre-André Doucet for winning the 40th National Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition!

We look forward to having you perform on our stage November 12th 2017 – 2 pm at the WAG, as part of your cross-country tour!

Congratulations to you both and to all the performers and accompanists throughout the competition!

In Alexandra’s words……
“It is our duty as performers to facilitate and encourage the creation of new music, as well as to program it interesting and engaging ways! Audiences are incredibly open to experiencing new repertoire, so we must have the drive, curiosity, and commitment to create inspiring and irresistible new experiences for them! The best new music illuminates not only the struggles and wonders of our modern world, but also the timelessness of our human condition. To be alive, making this music, and watching our art form grow into the 21st century is the most exhilarating and joyful part of my work!”


The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is the most important annually held contemporary music competition for exceptional emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings.

Who, What and Why:

Manitoba virtuoso violinist, pianist, and composer, S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté (1899–1974) envisioned a unique competition that would celebrate both Canadian compositions and performing excellence. The first E-Gré competition took place in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba.

The annual E-Gré Competition and Winner’s Tour has played a significant role in the early careers of performers recognized nationally and internationally for their achievements in music. The E-Gré Competition fosters the creation of new music by living Canadian composers through the commissioning of a test piece each year. By supporting the creation of 35 new works and encouraging performances of Canadian compositions since 1976, the E-Gré Competition is helping to build a musical cultural legacy for Canada.

How the competition works:

The E-Gré is open to performing musicians who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 30 years (35 years of age for singers). The categories of piano, voice, and strings rotate annually. There are three levels of the competition. First, nationally prominent jurors evaluate anonymous recordings of preliminary competitors in December. The jurors’ rankings are averaged to select the top eight or nine competitors who are then invited to perform in the live semi-final round. Second, a panel of nationally renowned jurors hears the live semi-final round and selects the top three competitors to advance to the final round. The third level of the competition is the final round where the top three semi-finalists perform a second recital for the jury after which the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes are awarded. Both the semi-final and final rounds are held during the first weekend of May in Brandon, Manitoba, in front of public audiences.


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