Award-winning violinist to perform in Sackville
Amy Hillis will be joined by renowned pianist Katherine Dowling
Mount Allison will host one of Canada’s most promising young violinists on Friday, Oct. 26.
Amy Hillis will take the stage at Brunton Auditorium, 134 Main St., at 7:30 p.m.
Hillis was the top-ranked performer at the 41st annual Eckhardt-gramatté National Music Competition in strings. In her Sackville recital – part of a 12-concert cross-country tour – she will be joined by pianist Katherine Dowling.
Named for Canadian composer Sophie-carmen EckhardtGramatté, the “E-gré” is the most prestigious contemporary music competition for emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice and strings.
Ludwig Van Montréal says Hillis has “a rich, warm sound and has mastered the violin with such ease, that it is impossible to ignore her passion in performance.”
Originally from Regina, Hillis collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. In 20192020, she will perform with pianist Meagan Milatz as part of the inaugural Pan-canadian Recital Tour in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut, and Debut Atlantic.
Hillis 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, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award, and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Hillis is a member of the Montreal-based SOMA Quartet as well as first violinist and manager of the prairie-based Horizon String Quartet.
Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to colour,” and by the Boston Globe for her “effortless incisiveness,” Dowling, an awardwinning Canadian pianist, has performed across North America and Europe. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble player, she has performed 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.
A highlight of the Sackville recital is the 2018 “E-gré” commissioned work Foxy Fox’s Musical Games, by Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden – a piece designed to answer the question “Can contemporary music be fun?”
The performers will also present works by composers R. Murray Schafer, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Jeffrey Ryan, Nicole Lizée, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Witold Lutosławski.
Master classes led by Hillis and Dowling, featuring students from the bachelor of music program of Mount Allison University, will take place in the Choral Room and Brunton Auditorium on Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Tickets for the evening concert are available at the door or through subscription to the concert series offered by the department of music.
For further information, call 506- 364- 2374, e- mail music@ mta.ca or visit the department of music’s website at www.mta.ca/ music.
Amy Hillis, the top-ranked performer at the 41st annual Eckhardt-gramatté National Music Competition in strings, will perform in Sackville on Friday, Oct. 26.