Cheung, Brescacin, win big at Schulich Concerto Competitions

kudos-cViolinist Ewald Cheung and flutist Teddy Brescacin were the big winners in the Schulich School of Music’s recent Concerto Competitions. Brescacin, a student of Prof. Timothy Hutchins, won the 2010 McGill Concerto Competition for Woodwinds and Brass with a performance of Lowell Lieberman’s Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 39. Cheung, who studies with Prof. Jonathan Crow, captured the Concerto Competition for Strings with a performance of Sibelius. The winners will appear as soloists with the McGill Symphony Orchestra next season. To reflect and distinguish the outstanding performance talent in the Schulich School, the two main annual Concerto Competitions feature, on a rotating basis, the four main instrumental categories: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Piano. The performers featured in the finals in these competitions are selected through a rigorous preliminary round held in their area. The jury membership comprises the Director of the McGill Symphony, Faculty members of each of the areas in competition, and invited guest jurists, including previous winners of this competition, who are now professional members of such distinguished ensembles as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.