Christina & Louis Quilico Awards 2023

February 6th; 5:30pm - Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre

Queen and John Street, Toronto

Toronto, January 31, 2023 - The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, a vocal competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.  This event marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the prize. The competition will take place on February 6, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Presented by TD Bank Group. The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Perryn Leech, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Steven Philcox, Canadian collaborative pianist, and Carolyn Sproule, Canadian mezzo-soprano. The young artists featured in the February 6th competition will perform for cash prizes, singing one aria of their choice and another selected by the judges. “Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico. “It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations.” Past winners include Rihab Chaieb (former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and 2018 Operalia Third Prize winner), Emily D’Angelo (winner of the 2022 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Solo Artist, 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finals, and 2018 Operalia winner of the First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, and Audience Prize), and Claire de Sévigné (JUNO Award nominee for Classical Album of the Year). This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

Admission is free

Aspects of Love: Florence Price piano concerto with the York Ensemble

March 25th; 7:30pm - St. Paul's Anglican, Newmarket

227 Church St. Newmarket, ON L3Y 4C5

"Aspects of Love"

Musical inspiration comes in many forms, but none is so compelling as the influence of love. Join the York Chamber Ensemble on March 25, 2023 at 7:30pm, St. Paul’s Anglican, Newmarket, and explore the Aspects of Love. Highlighting world-renowned pianist and Member of the Order of Canada, Christina Petrowska Quilico, Music Director Michael Berec conducts the ensemble in a concert featuring the music of Bach, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and the ground-breaking African-American composer Florence Price. Music Director: Michael Berec

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Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony

December 14th; 11:00am - Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M. OOnt, FRSC  (official citation) "Christina Petrowska Quilico has been enchanting audiences with her techniques and talent over the last five decades. With more than 50 albums to her credit, this internationally acclaimed pianist and interpreter of both classical and contemporary music is renowned for performing the most challenging music, in collaboration with leading orchestras and composers worldwide. A champion of Canadian composers and the music of women, she is also a respected York University professor and mentor to the next generation of artists." [caption id="attachment_556" align="alignnone" width="300"] Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., OOnt, FRSC and the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon[/caption]

Admission is free

Order of Ontario Investiture Ceremony

November 21st; 4:30pm - Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park, N5S 2C6

Official Citation "Celebrated pianist, Christina-Petrowska Quilico has opened the ears of music lovers through numerous performances of classical and contemporary repertoire with orchestra and as soloist and on over 50 internationally acclaimed recordings. She is considered one of Canada’s best 25 classical pianists and distinguished for her technical mastery of the keys and unique musical interpretations, and with an unrelenting promotion of Canadian music. A towering virtuoso who interprets works from any compositional aesthetic with world-class execution in seemingly inexhaustible efforts,  Professor Petrowska-Quilico was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The New York Times hailed her as a “promethean talent” giving solo and chamber recitals at many of the city’s venerated recital halls including Carnegie Hall, garnering superlatives from critics deeming her “an extraordinary talent with phenomenal ability”. Professor of Musicology and Piano at York University, she has received esteemed Research Awards and as a benefactor established The Christina and Louis Quilico Award at the Ontario Arts Foundation and the Canadian Opera Company."   [caption id="attachment_562" align="alignnone" width="300"]Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., OOnt, FRSC with the Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdesell at the Investiture Ceremony. Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., OOnt, FRSC with the Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdesell at the Investiture Ceremony.[/caption]  

Admission is free