Brittany Rae is the 2020 prize winner of the 43rd Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (E-Gré) for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music.
With pianist Jesse Plessis.
Brittany Rae, soprano – Praised for her “supple and agile voice” (Les ArtsZé), Calgary-born and Montréal- based soprano, Brittany Rae, is becoming known in the worlds of both classical and contemporary music. Recent season highlights include winning first prize at the 43rd Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, attending the ‘Concert in the 21st Century’ residency at the Banff Centre with pianist, Jesse Plessis, and Le Vivier’s ‘Concert Vivier Interuniversitaire’. Brittany has performed with Toronto City Opera (Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro), Tapestry Opera (Songbook IX), Chants Libre (Oper’Actuel 2019), Opera McGill (Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor), and in exhibitions with Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain. An avid performer and advocate of contemporary music, Brittany recently attended the SoundSCAPE Festival 2019 where she studied with soprano and contemporary music specialist, Tony Arnold, as well as Against the Grain Theatre’s 2019 Summer Modern Intensive opera program. Upcoming engagements include Sensors IV (Alcides Lanza) with Société de musique contemporaine du Québec and soprano soloist with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble (2021).
Jesse Plessis, piano – Canadian pianist and composer Jesse Plessis grew up in Sparwood, British Columbia, and has been described as a “force of nature” with “a skilled hand at crafting textures that pulse with life,” (Winnipeg Free Press). He has regularly appeared in concert series and music festivals across Canada, England, and continental Europe, performs as a guest artist with several orchestras and ensembles in Canada, and has garnered numerous awards in both piano and composition. His compositions have been called “ardent and incredibly well-structured” (Arlan Schultz) and have been performed across Canada by ensembles such as Land’s End Ensemble and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he founded the Centric Festival, an annual classical music festival in Lethbridge, Alberta. Plessis obtained a Master of Music degree from Brandon University where he studied piano with Megumi Masaki and composition with Patrick Carrabre. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Lethbridge where he studied piano with Deanna Oye and composition with Arlan Schultz. He currently resides in Montréal where he studies piano with Paul Stewart at the University of Montréal and composition at McGill University with Denys Bouliane.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
October 30, 2020 | 12:00 PM MDT