CANIMEX Mentorship Program

The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is proud to announce the launch of the new CANIMEX Mentorship Program. The program is generously made possible by the CANIMEX Group, RBC Foundation, and many individual donors. This year, the program is done in collaboration with the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal.

Twelve instrumentalists and one conductor will participate in the mentorship program from May 13 to 27, 2022

This unique program is an exceptional learning opportunity that includes rehearsals and a side-by-side concert with members of the Orchestre classique de Montréal, one of the most distinguished and long-established ensembles in Canada.

Training and ​propelling the careers of young musicians has been a great passion ​of m​ine​ for over 50 years. It is with great pride that the ​OCM is launching this program which is an exceptional learning opportunity for young musicians.​” ​says Boris Brott, former Artistic Director of the​ OCM​.

The program will include master classes, encounters with internationally renowned conductors and musicians, and sessions on creating professional tools (resume, website, social media). It will culminate with the students’ paid participation in OCM’s end-of-season concert EROICA: For Our Healthcare Heroes on May 27, 2022, at the Maison symphonique.

Following the death of OCM’s Artistic Director Boris Brott on April 5, 2022, the CANIMEX Mentorship program will now be led by renowned conductor Jacques Lacombe.  

The OCM sincerely thanks the sponsors and collaborators of this new program:

Student Musicians and Their Sponsors

The OCM would like to thank the following sponsors for sponsoring a Université de Montréal student musician: 

Alban Cellier, violin
Sponsored by Annette Lefebvre & Dr.          Sheldon Magder

Anna Schneegans, violin
Sponsored by The Honourable                      Barbara Seal

Quinn Robinson, viola
Sponsored by Renée Rouleau

Félix Nunes, cello
Sponsored by Chake Gunjian

Émile Cartier, double bass
Sponsored by John Farrell & François          Leclair, in memory of Boris Brott

Johanna Silberman, flute
Sponsored by Joy Goodman & Nadia            Guarneri

Andréanne Chartier Labrecque, oboe
Sponsored by Mario Lafond

Gwénaëlle Ratouit, clarinet
Sponsored by Arpi Hamalian, in                      memory of her sister-in-law Neisha                Khan

Maxime Hargous, bassoon
Sponsored by Deborah Corber &                    Maurice Tovel

Angelica Tombs, French horn
Sponsored by John Farrell & François          Leclair, in memory of Boris Brott

William Laurin, trumpet
Sponsored by Nadir André

Béatrice Roy, percussion
Sponsored by Biba Tinga

Evgenii Sakmarov, assistant conductor
Sponsored by Boris Brott

Additional Acknowledgments

The masterclasses of the CANIMEX Mentorship Program are generously sponsored by Arpi Hamalian in memory of her parents Onnig Hamalian† and Asdghig Topjian Hamalian†

Matching funds for the musician sponsorships were generously donated by Marc Rouleau

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