Maritsa Brookes Concerto Awards

Awarded to any undergraduate or graduate student in the Don Wright Faculty of Music on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes, BA'57 to Foundation Western. The winners receive the honour of performing their selection in a public concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra in the following school year. In addition, a generous monetary award is shared amongst the winner and the two runners-up, received in the fall following the competition.


2021-22 Competition Details

Candidates must be full-time registered students in the Don Wright Faculty of Music for the current year; currently registered in applied music; and, intend to be registered students during the following year. DMA students are not eligible. This competition is open to all instruments.

REVISED PROCESS: Effective January 6, 2022

1. The competition will be adjudicated via recordings only
2. Piano and Voice division recordings are due (as originally planned) on January 10, 2022
3. WBP and String division recordings are now due on January 26 at noon. They may be recorded with or without piano accompaniment. Email to mpsdept@uwo.ca 
4. For all divisions, the preliminary round recordings will be also used for the final round adjudications
5. Final round adjudication is scheduled for January 29

Please contact your division coordinators should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Application deadline
January 10, 2022 at 12pm

Recording submission deadlines
January 10 (piano and voice - same as previous process/deadline) including link to video recording - use original PDF form below
January 26 at 12pm (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion) email link to recording to mpsdept@uwo.ca

Final round adjudication
January 29

Competition procedures and regulations (original PDF form)

Online Application Form


2021-22 Competition Judges

Preliminary Round Judges

Voice
Ted Baerg, Torin Chiles, Patricia Green, Jackie Short, Todd Wieczorek

Strings
Annette-Barbara Vogel, Sharon Wei, Tom Wiebe

Keyboards
Kyung Kim, Stephan Sylvestre

Winds, Brass & Percussion
Jill Ball, Aaron Hodgson, Jana Starling

Final Round Judges

Philip Addis, voice

“The burnished yet vibrant and agile voice touches all the chords of human emotion… through a path of awareness and responsibility,” says Connessi all’Opera of Phillip Addis’ portrayal of Britten’s Billy Budd, one of the Canadian baritone’s enviable, signature roles. Mr. Addis, known for his “nimble and expressive” sound and “athletic command of the stage” (Twin Cities Arts Reader), is established as one of Canada’s leading performers of opera, concert, and recital repertoire. He is acclaimed internationally for his interpretation of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, where he sings “an impeccable antagonist”, and is recognized as “the ideal Pelléas of his generation” for his “eroticly charged” performances of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Hamburg, Paris, Luxembourg, Cincinnati, Dresden, as well as at the Ruhrtriennale and the BBC Proms. Mr. Addis has performed on the world’s major stages, including l’Opéra national de Paris, LA Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Semperoper Dresden, and the Hamburgischen Staatsoper, under the distinguished batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, James Conlon, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, and more.

Mr. Addis’s 2020/21 season began with Laura Kaminsky’s As One, where he sang Hannah Before in a livestreamed production with Orchestre classique de Montréal. In 2021 he will sing in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande by Renaud Doucet and André Barbe, originally set for 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, with performances in Parma, Modena, and Piacenza. In the fall of 2021, Mr. Addis will sing Il Conte in two upcoming productions of Le nozze di Figaro, at Opéra de Lausanne and the Royal Opera of Versailles.
In recent seasons, Mr. Addis brought Il Conte to Edmonton Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, and sang the Count in Against the Grain Theatre’s adaptation of Mozart’s staple, Figaro’s Wedding. He sang in back-to-back productions of La Bohème, as Schaunard with the Canadian Opera Company, and as Marcello with Vancouver Opera. In 2018 he made two last-minute step-ins, as Pelléas at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and as Billy Budd at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Additional operatic credits include the title role in the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe with the Canadian Opera Company, Eugene Onegin at Calgary Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Edmonton Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the COC, Jaufré Rudel in L’amour de loin with the Festival d'Opéra de Québec and the Vlaamse Oper, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Minnesota Opera and Opera Carolina, Lt. Audebert in Silent Night with Opéra de Montréal and Cincinnati Opera, Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with the Semperoper Dresden, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opéra de Montréal, and Florida Grand Opera, and as Frère Léon in St. François d’Assise with Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo, which was selected as the best production of 2017 by the vote held by Ongaku-no-Tomo magazine.

Mr. Addis balances his operatic career with extensive concert experience, including the 2019 world premiere of Scott Good’s The Sleepers with London Sinfonia. He was the baritone soloist for Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Cincinnati May Festival, the Britten LA/100 Festival, and the Nashville and Victoria Symphonies.

With a passion for the art song repertoire, Addis has given recitals with pianist, Emily Hamper at the l’Opéra National de Paris, The Brisbane Music Festival, the Orford Arts Centre, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Canadian Art Song Project; in 2020, they offered livestream recitals for the Brott Music Festival, Against the Grain Theatre, Stratford Summer Music, and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Together, Addis and Hamper are co-Artistic Directors of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, mentoring and inspiring developing artists with a passion for all facets of the classical vocal discipline.

Jeremy Bell, strings

A native of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music.

Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt Grammatté National competition and the Conseil Québécois’ Prix Opus. He has studied with David Zafer, George Neikrug, Joyce Robbins, Metro Kozak and with members of the Orford, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Orion string quartets. Joining the Penderecki String Quartet in 1999, Dr. Bell is Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Described by the Toronto Star as a violinist who “agitates in the most intelligent and persuasive manner”, Bell has performed recently with the Penderecki Quartet at Arsenale Festival in Poland, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Is Arti Festival in Lithuania, MBZ Zagreb, State Museum of Music in St. Petersburg, REDCAT/Disney Centre in Los Angeles, Roxy/NOD in Prague, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Jane Mallet Theatre in Toronto, Paris University 8, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Indiana University in Bloomington, Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy, Tovar Festival Venezuela, Virtuosi Festival Brazil, Adam Festival New Zealand, the Hong Kong Academy, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the Chan Centre in Vancouver.

With the Penderecki String Quartet, Bell has recorded over 25 discs including the premiere Canadian recording of the Béla Bartók string quartet cycle and Marjan Mozetich’s ‘Lament in the Trampled Garden’ (winner of the 2010 JUNO Award for composition). From 2000-2007, Bell was the artistic director of NUMUS Concerts where he created several multi-media events at the Perimeter Institute and with Dancetheatre David Earle. He has performed a wide range of music, performing baroque with Consortium Aurora Borealis and Les Violons du Roy, Cuban jazz with Hilario Duran, as well as collaborating with pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, NYC’s DJ Spooky, and rap star Jay-Z. In addition, Bell has performed as soloist with many orchestras in Canada, USA and Mexico, including the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. As guest concertmaster he has appeared with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the New Zealand National Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company. Dr. Bell plays an A.S. Bernadel violin (1854).

Lang-Ning Liu, keyboards

An acclaimed piano virtuoso, Lang-Ning Liu brings an introspective approach to both the contemporary and classical repertoire, with performances that couple breathtaking technical mastery with profound and eloquent musicality. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times hailed her as "a sensitive, extremely compelling artist", and praised her "elegant pianism, warmth and artistic maturity". Musical America has remarked on her "miraculous strength and confident breadth."

Ms. Liu has accumulated numerous prestigious awards and prizes, including top honours from the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Steuermann Memorial Prize, the China-France Mi Do International Piano Competition, and the Xing Hai National Piano Competition. She has been engaged as a recording artist on a number of projects, including Celebration Series Perspectives in association with RCM Examinations, and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Highlight performance engagements include guest soloist appearances with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Juarez Symphony Orchestra, Southern Missouri Symphony, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Liao Ning Philharmonic, University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber recitalist, she has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, giving recitals in major venues such as the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic in Poland, and Hong Kong’s Performing Arts Center. Ms. Liu makes frequent media appearances on radio, TV and in the media print in Canada’s largest broadcast and publishing networks, as well as those abroad. Notable media appearances within Canada include CTV’s Bravo! & CP24 TV, Fairchild TV, Rogers TV, OMNI TV, Inside-Toronto, and guest appearances on the Classical 96.3 FM radio.

Ms. Liu passionately devotes herself to educational and artistic outreach endeavours, helping the community actively through numerous projects. She was the founder and artistic director of the Toronto International Piano Competition and CCC Music Festival. Ms. Liu is a sought-after piano teacher whose students have achieved top awards in competitions at all levels throughout Canada and abroad. She frequently conducts master classes, and adjudicates in festivals and competitions throughout North America and Asia.

Ms. Liu entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with the highest honors at the age of 11. During her studies there, she made her orchestral debut with the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Liu entered The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she began her undergraduate studies at age 17 on full scholarship, studying with Marietta Orlov. She completed her studies in Master of Music in Piano Performance at The Juilliard School in New York, under the tutelage of Julian Martin.

Jerome Summers, winds, brass & percussion

Jerome Summers has enjoyed a distinguished professional career as a renowned Canadian conductor, composer, clarinettist, and educator.

Prior to locating in Ontario in 1974, he performed as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, and CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. Jerome’s subsequent conducting career flourished, as he became increasingly in demand as a music director of thriving orchestras in Ontario. These include the International Symphony of Sarnia/Port Huron, Woodstock Strings, New Aeolian Chamber Orchestra, Stratford Symphony (founding Music Director), Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra (which toured China in 2011-12), and the Scarborough Philharmonic. As well, he frequently appeared on the podium for many of Canada’s leading orchestras, such as those in Edmonton, Victoria, Ottawa, Manitoba, Windsor, London, Niagara, and Brantford. As a clarinet performer, Jerome Summers has appeared as principal or soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber collaborators throughout the country. He has broadcast frequently on national CBC and NPR radio, and has released four solo recordings in his series of ‘Nightingale’ discs (all have received widespread critical acclaim in North America and Europe).

Jerome Summers is currently a conductor emeritus with the International Symphony and Professor Emeritus at Western University, where he was director of the UWO Symphony programme for most of his 33 years here.


Previous Winners

2021-22
First Place: Lianna Grace, piano
Second Place: Terrence Wu, piano
Third Place, Katie Kirkpatrick, flute
Runner Up: Minji Lee, viola

2020-21
First Place: Andrew Busch, percussion
Second Place: Winnie Zheng, piano
Third Place: Meagan Foster, percussion
Runner Up: Angela Gjurichanin, voice

2019-20
First Place: Camila Montefusco, voice
Second Place: Terrence Wu, piano
Third Place: Eric Tremblay, trumpet

2018-19
First Place: Leonardi Joewono, piano
Second Place: Alexis Wright, marimba
Third Place: Kirit Mascarenhas, violin
Runner Up: Michal Aloni, voice

2017-18
First Place: Kelvin Mun, violin
Second Place: Dan Luong, piano
Third Place: Christian Wrona, viola
Runner Up: Dorothy Lin, violin

2016-17
First place: Sean Tzu-Hsiang Kao, piano
Second place: Bing Xin Yang, violin
Third Place: Daniel Dennis, cello

2015-16
First place: Heidi Wall, piano
Second Place: Christian Golding, piano
Third Place: Jordan Clayton, violin

2014-15
First place: Danbee Ko, piano
Second Place: Morgan Traynor, voice
Third Place: Rachelle Li, violin

2013-14
First Place: Natalia Skomorokhova, piano
Second Place: Matt Henry, saxophone
Third Place: Lisa Mulgrew, voice
Runner Up: Warren Elder, marimba

2012-13
First Place: Nicole Li, violin
Second Place: Jayden Beaudoin, marimba
Third Place: Vladimir Soloviev, piano

2011-12
First Place: Joel Tangjerd, cello
Second Place: Margie Bernal, soprano
Third Place: Bryn Blackwood, piano

2010-11
First Place: Peter Gajdek, trumpet
Second Place: Courtney Murias, voice
Third Place: Edgar Suski, piano

2009-10
First Place: Tim Cheung
Second Place: Eric Mohr
Third Place: Catherine Folstad
Alternate: Grace Baker

2008-09
First Place: Neal Cabigon
Second Place: Mark Prince
Third Place: Victoria Grigg
Fourth Place: Adam Falconi