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Pan-Canadian Tour Selection

June 2018 | Road Trip! A Pan Canadian Partnership – Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz selected to tour in 2019-20

Calgary, June 5, 2018 – Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz – also known as meagan&amy – have been selected for a pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020. The three classical music organizations announced in September 2017 that they were teaming up to offer an emerging artist or ensemble a tour that would span the country.

Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Partnership also celebrates two important anniversaries: Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s 70th, and Debut Atlantic’s 40th.

“We received over 50 applications, all worthy candidates, but meagan&amy’s proposal stood out. Their collaborative musicianship combined with their very accessible, yet audacious repertoire made an immediate impression upon the jury,” says Danièle LeBlanc, Executive and Artistic Director at Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

meagan&amy‘s concert will explore the idea of a musical identity able to bridge all provinces and territories, presenting works by local composers as well as European classical works, as a way of considering their influence on Canadian music.

“meagan&amy’s concert proposal is all the more interesting as they hail from the Prairies, have studied in Montreal, and have performed across the country, bringing a broad perspective to their programming that strives to reflect the similarities and differences of Canada’s diverse regions,” says Mhiran Faraday, Executive Director at Debut Atlantic.

Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Partnership, will run between September 2019 and May 2020, and will offer close to forty performances, taking place across 10 provinces and territories.

“We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to meagan&amy, especially since emerging artists very rarely get to play tours of this scope,” adds Po Yeh, Executive Director at Prairie Debut.

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 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award, and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her principal teachers have been Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Denise Lupien and Eduard Minevich. Amy is a member of the Montreal-based SOMA Quartet as well as first violinist and manager of the prairie-based Horizon String Quartet. She performs on the 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

A seasoned performer, Meagan Milatz has appeared as soloist with several Canadian orchestras including the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Top prizewinner at the 2014 Shean Piano Competition and the 2011 CFMTA National Piano Competition, her performance endeavours have brought her to international stages, including Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Bruges, Belgium; Gijón, Spain; and Gda?sk, Poland. Equally passionate as a collaborative pianist, Milatz is currently based in Montreal where she collaborates frequently with Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the OSM. She received her Master’s degree from McGill University where she studied modern piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. In 2017, Milatz was a participant in the famed Kneisel Hall Young Artist Program, and is currently studying collaborative piano with Philip Chiu. She is a 2017 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award recipient.

meagan&amy share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity and musical maturity, they began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, even though both hail from Saskatchewan. Their individual strengths – Milatz’s interest in the fortepiano and Hillis’s aptitudes for contemporary music – have combined to inform the wide range of repertoire which they present.

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Pan-Canadian Tour Selection

Calgary, June 5, 2018 – Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz – also known as meagan&amy – have been selected for a pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020.

Tournée PanCanadian

Trois organismes canadiens spécialisés en musique classique s’allient afin d’offrir à un-e artiste ou à une formation canadien-ne de la relève une tournée pancanadienne en 2019-2020.

Pan-Canadian Tour

September 2017 | Three Canadian classical music organizations join forces to offer a pan-Canadian tour to an exceptional Canadian emerging artist or musical ensemble in 2019-2020.

2018/19 Touring Artists

July 2017 Our 2018/19 Season will feature four touring artists. We are very excited to showcase their incredible talents at the fall booking conferences in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Keep in touch to find out more about these musicians, showcases will be...

Po Yeh Appointed

May 2017 | Po Yeh joins Prairie Debut as the new Executive Director, commencing July 2017. She comes to Prairie Debut from the Honens Piano Competition, where most recently as Director, Corporate & Community Engagement, she managed corporate development,...

Lynne Bailey Retires

February 2017 | Prairie Debut confirms the retirement of Executive Director Lynne Bailey

Duo Milot & Bariel Tour

January 2017 | Duo Milot and Bariel’s Duos & Duels tours Western Canada with Prairie Debut this February

The relationship of the performers and their passion for the music played is the foundation of Duo Milot & Bareil.

Bach Jazz by Flûte Alors!

January 2017 | Prairie Debut’s first tour of 2017 will be the recorder quartet Flûte Alors! who will be performing in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta this month.  Dynamic and versatile, Flûte Alors! is not afraid to push the limits of traditional recorder...

Duo Fortin-Poirier Tour Success

December 2016 | Duo Fortin-Poirier successfully completed their Prairie Debut Tour last month. The Duo performed to sold out crowds in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon. Pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, received standing ovations and praise from the...

2017-18 Touring Artist Showcases

December 2016 | Prairie Debut’s 2017-18 Touring Artists showcased at the Prairie Contact events this fall. Congratulations to Henderson-Kolk Duo, The Chooi Brothers and Proteus Saxophone Quartet on their incredible showcases. All three artists wowed the conference...

Duo Fortin-Poirier

September 2016 | Duo Fortin-Poirier will begin Prairie Debut’s 2016-17 touring season, performing concerts in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon. The duo, featuring pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, has been heralded as one of the most promising of...

apply to tour with prairie debut

Each year, we invite emerging and established Canadian musicians to showcase and tour with Prairie Debut. World-genre and classical musicians who consider music to be their professional career are invited to apply to be part of our 2020-21 season.

Applications open in January.

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