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THE SCOOP | 2016 Eckhart-Gramatté Music Competition Announces Winners

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The E-Gré National Music Competition 2016 Winner and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work: Matt Poon
The E-Gré National Music Competition 2016 Winner and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work: Matt Poon

The Eckhart-Gramatté National Music Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music has announced Toronto-based pianist and composer Matt Poon as the top prize winner.

Poon will receive $17,000 worth in first place prizes including $10,000 cash, a three-week residency and debut recital in Italy at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and a 10-15 city Cross-Canada Winner’s Tour in November 2016.

“The only reason to commit to a project like this is if you really, really love new music.” says 2016 Winner Matt Poon. “ I truly love this repertoire and I care about it so much. I feel so honoured to be part of this group of pianists. This has been a very emotional journey and I’m so grateful.”

Second place went to Naomi Woo, and third place to Jesse Plessis.

Now in it’s 30th year, The E-Gré Competition is one of the most important Canadian music competition.

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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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