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Nicolas Richard, FINALIST, OSM Concours/Montreal Symphony Competition 2020

Nicolas Richard, FINALIST, OSM Concours/Montreal Symphony Competition 2020

The Council of Canadian Bassoonists congratulates Nicolas Richard for advancing to the Finals of the 2020 OSM Concours/Montreal Symphony Competition!

See links below for the final event on December 12.

#OSMCONCOURS – Annonce des finalistes !
Bravo aux 6 candidat.e.s qui ont été sélectionné.e.s par le jury ! ??
Catégorie Bois : Stephanie Morin, Arin Sarkissian et Nicolas Richard
Catégorie Cuivres : Robert Conquer, Léonard Pineault-Deault
et Cyril Fonseca
Retrouvez-les pour la finale virtuelle le samedi 12 décembre !
Pour revoir leur performance:
#OSMCONCOURS – Finalists Announcement!
Congratulations to the 6 candidates who have been selected by the jury! ??
Woodwinds Category: Stephanie Morin, Arin Sarkissian and Nicolas Richard
Brass Category: Robert Conquer, Léonard Pineault-Deault
and Cyril Fonseca
Encourage them at the virtual final on Saturday, December 12.!
To watch their performance:
bassoon, winner

Nicolas Richard, Finalist, OSM Concours 2020

Finalists for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2021

Finalists for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2021

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition Finalists!
And the COCB is especially thrilled to see Canadian bassoonist Thalia Navas in the final round of this distinguished competition.
Sarah Bobrow (USA)
Amelia del Caño(USA)
Lauren Henning (USA)
Rachael Lee (USA/Taiwan)
Julianne Mulvey(USA)
Thalia Navas  (Canada)
Tatia Slouka (USA)
Quincey Trojanowski (USA)
Sandra Vieira Ribeiro (Brazil)
Laressa Winters (USA)
Congratulations to each of the many talented young women who entered this year’s competition!  Your dedication and hard work, particularly during these tumultuous  times, is very impressive.
The preliminary round judges  included Canadian bassoonists Catherine Carignan, Christopher Millard along with colleagues Catherine Chen, Francisco Joubert, and Anthony Parnther, who each wrote detailed comments to every applicant.
The final round  will take place in a multimedia video format at the 2021 MQVC Virtual Symposium January 3-10 and incorporates audience engagement and other creative elements. In addition to artistic bassoon playing, finalists are encouraged to pursue other creative mediums to present the music in ways that will appeal to a wide general audience by incorporating elements from other art forms such as poetry, photography, drama, dance, visual art, videography and more.
MQVC will provide each finalist with a new bassoon quartet arrangement of the orchestral accompaniment to the Vivaldi Concerto so that she can record the parts separately and edit them together. MQVC will provide the finalists with workshops on effective audience engagement and creating an artistic concept for the videos, as well as education on managing the technological aspect of this project in order to optimize the audio and video quality.
Free recording equipment will be supplied to each finalist by Fox Products Corporation for making the final videos.
MQVC awards $1000 to each finalist who submits a successful final round video that contains all of the required components. Additional prizes to be awarded on the final night of the Symposium include:
$2500 Vivaldi Prize
$2500 New Music Prize
$2500 Media Prize
$2500 Engagement Prize
The Symposium will also feature health and wellness events, master classes, reed hangouts and recital performances given by an incredible and diverse line-up of professional performers and teachers.
More info on the Symposium, including how to register and a schedule of events, will be coming soon at,