In more than two decades of touring, Prairie Debut has featured over 142 artists and touched diverse communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon.
Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boréades de Montréal focuses on early music. The ensemble has chosen an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era, by adhering to the rules of performance practice of the past and playing on period instruments.
In the fall of 2008 alumni musicians of The Banff Centre brought a program of classical music to towns throughout the province.
Bellows & Brass is a trio comprised of three of Canada’s most successful soloists. They make music that is challenging, pleasing and above all-fun. Their concerts have been described as “vividly emotional … passionate … a revelation.”
Canadian percussionist Anne-Julie Caron is recognized by the greatest masters of her field as one of the most remarkable talents of her generation. Mainly recognized as a marimbist, Miss Caron’s rapidly blooming career as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist is causing her to be sought after both in Canada and abroad. Akiko Tominaga has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her solo and chamber performances have been broadcast on Radio-Canada and Akiko’s most recent project, the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, was recorded by the Université de Montréal. An avid chamber musician, she has taken part in numerous collaborations with instrumentalists and vocalists.
Whether in recital or opera, soprano Sophie Bouffard is recognized for her great expressivity, her rich and vibrant voice, and her ability to captivate audiences. Pianist David L. McIntyre is well known throughout North America as a composer and collaborator with singers and instrumentalists.
Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.
Described by the CBC as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada”, the MG3 has quickly established itself as a force of rejuvenation and cross-pollenization between various musical forms. Marrying passionate virtuosity with a stealthy sense of humour, guitarists charm the ears and captured the hearts of their ever-expanding audiences.
Prairie Debut is pleased to announce that for this 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour, the Gryphon Trio is joined by PD’s alumnus Barry Shiffman, former member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet who will be taking the position of Director of Music Programs for The Banff Centre.
One of the most captivating young artists of her generation, cellist Denise Djokic has thrilled audiences and critics worldwide with the passion, vigour, and sensitivity of her playing. Pianist David Jalbert is one of the most firebrand talents of the new generation. With his personal style, incomparable stage presence and refined ear, he has convinced audiences and critics everywhere.
Audiences everywhere are energized by Fubuki Daiko’s high-powered style of Japanese drumming.
Guy Few is a virtuoso. As a powerful pianist and astonishing trumpeter, he delights his audiences with his intensity and charm. Canadian pianist, Stephanie Mara, is a collaborative pianist and coach and has performed in recital and gala presentations with many vocalists and instrumentalists in numerous festival and series performances.
Returning from Tokyo where she performed Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor with one of Japan’s most prestigious symphonies, violinist Susanne Hou is becoming a prominent performer on the international concert stage. Daniel Spiegel has won numerous competitions and awards and is completing his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School.
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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 2019.
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