Three winners of the Montreal International Musical Competition were named last night.
Ottawa’s extraordinary young baritone Philippe Sly won first prize (and $30,000!). Huge congratulations to Philippe. He really deserves it. Even though he is incredibly young – he is only 23 years old – he has one of the most remarkable voices I have ever heard. He joined the Chamber Players of Canada for a concert in March. He has great musical integrity and unbelievably good intonation. He is also a really nice guy. The time we spent working together was a complete delight!
Second Prize was won by a Swiss soprano named Olga Kindler, a very exciting singer that seemed to whip the audience into a frenzy!
Third Prize, was won by another astonishingly good young baritone, John Brancy. John is a young singer who is destined for a huge career. He has it all. A beautiful voice quality, perfect diction, great musical integrity and tremendous stage presence. Watch for him! He will be performing at Music and Beyond on July 5th with another star who has come out of Ottawa – mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta. Absolutely not to be missed!
And congratulations to all the other contestants and finalists. This was a long gruelling competition. Competitions are tough to begin with. They often have more in common with gladiator sports than with music. Well done Philippe, Olga and John!