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Media Coverage: Recent Highlights

Royal Conservatory of Music announces lineup for 21C Festival in Toronto
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (February 7, 2017)

RCM's 21C Music Festival is Cooking With Fire
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (February 7, 2016)

Royal Conservatory of Music to welcome global superstars for 2017-18
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (January 24, 2017)

Plans for Canada's 150th Birthday [includes report on The Royal Conservatory's New Canadian Global Music Orchestra]
Deana Sumanac-Johnson, The National (December 31, 2016)

Global Concert
James Murray, The World This Weekend (December 31, 2016)

Two Multimillion-Dollar Donations Lead To The Renaming Of RCM's Conservatory Theatre​
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (October 5, 2016)

Rolston String Quartet Wins Banff Competition
Strings (September 6, 2016)

Royal Conservatory of Music’s New Season An Embarrassment of Riches
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (June 8, 2016)

Royal Conservatory’s Ambitious 21C is a New Kind of Music Festival
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (May 24, 2016)

k.d. lang Says Royal Conservatory Fellowship Has Personal Meaning to Her
David Friend, Canadian Press (May 12, 2016)

Royal Conservatory Honours k.d. lang, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Jon Kimura Parker
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (April 25, 2016)

Royal Conservatory's Alcina Gives Exhilirating Glimpse of Student Talent
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (March 17, 2016)

Royal Conservatory Presents Pop-up Concerts in Calgary [story begins at 35:05 - registration required]
CTV News (March 1, 2016)

Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, and RCM Announce New Seasons
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (January 27, 2016)

Royal Conservatory Preview a Vibrant 16/17 Season
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (January 27, 2016)

Fitelberg: String Quartets nos.1 & 2; Serenade; Sonatine; Nachtmusik [review of The ARC Ensemble's latest recording]
Tim Homfray, The Strad (January 23, 2016) 

RCM Launches Third Annual 21C Music Festival
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (January 19, 2016)

Yang and Richard-Hamelin Perform An All-Chopin Concert [recital of alumnus Tony Yike Yang with Charles-Richard Hamelin in The Royal Conservatory's Mazzoleni Concert Hall]
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (January 17, 2016)

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Plays Music from Vienna [review of the Carnegie Hall debut of alumnus Jan Lisiecki with past Koerner Hall performer Yannick Nézet-Séguin]
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times (January 15, 2016)

Music: Giving the universal language of compassion to a refugee family
Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail (December 27, 2015)

Ein Ensemble kämpft für vergessene Künstler [German-language article on The ARC Ensemble's latest album]
Werner Theurich, Der Spiegel (December 13, 2015) 

Leading Jazz Pianists Pay Unique Tribute to Oscar Peterson
The New York Times (December 10, 2015)

Halifax Gold Medals Ceremony [begins at 15:28 - registration required]
CTV (November 29, 2015)

To Oscar, With Love [feature story on an album paying tribute to legendary alumnus Oscar Peterson, to be launched at a special concert in Koerner Hall]
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (November 10, 2015)

An Ensemble That Challenges Its Audience [review of ARC Ensemble's concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau prison camp]
Münchner Merkur (October 13, 2015)

30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30
Robert Rowat, CBC MUSIC [blog] (August 5, 2015)

Royal Conservatory Announces Ambitious 2015 Lineup
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (June 4, 2015)

Chilly Gonzales Gets a Warm Reception at The Royal Conservatory [feature story about the inclusion of one of Gonzo's compositions in the Celebration Series®, 2015 Edition, our acclaimed series of piano literature for teachers and students]
Ben Rayner, Toronto Star (May 5, 2015)

RCM Adds to Their List of Musical Lumniaries
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (April 30, 2015)

Koerner Hall Celebrates Its 500th Concert This Week
Martin Knelman, Toronto Star (March 24, 2015)

Royal Conservatory Finds Harmony in Lang Lang Foundation Partnership
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail (March 22, 2015)

The Royal Conservatory of Music Goes Online to Connect with Students
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail (March 6, 2015)

Whole-figure Ferenc Liszt Statue Inaugurated in Toronto
Hungary Today (December 2, 2014)

The Royal Consevatory of Music Launches Video Challenge for Students Across North America
La Scena Musicale (December 2, 2014)

The Benefits of Music Education [article on our white paper]
Paul Ennis, Wholenote (December 1, 2014)

Paul Ben-Haim, musique de chambre [review of ARC Ensemble's latest recording]
Bertrand Bolognesi, ANACLASE (December 1, 2014)

L'ARC Ensemble de Toronto, sous le signe de la mémoire
Pierre-Jean Tribot, Res Musica (November 24, 2014)

Benefits of Music for Children's Development [interview with Director of Research Dr. Sean Hutchins]
Ed Hand, 1310 News Ottawa (November 21, 2014)

Music school an incubator for young talent [profile of The Royal Conservatory's Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists]
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail (October 9, 2014)

Symphony's VerMeulen Adds Teaching Post in Canada [article on appointment of acclaimed artist and educator William VerMeulen to The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School - second story]
Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle (October 3, 2014)

Royal Conservatory and TIFF Receive Multimillion Dollar Gifts
The Globe and Mail (September 12, 2014)

Getting Children to Practice Musical Instruments More Often
Ed Hand, 1310 News Ottawa (September 12, 2014)

30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 [70% of the performers are Royal Conservatory students and alumni]
CBC MUSIC [blog] (August 8, 2014)

Aboriginal students outperform all others thanks to special learning program
Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal (June 22, 2014)

The art of making learning fun with drama, music and visual arts: The Royal Conservatory program that weaves drama, music and art into curriculum boosts test scores for First Nations, Metis students
Kate Hammer, The Globe and Mail (June 21, 2014)

Learning Through the Arts deemed a success
Amanda Richardson, Fort McMurray Today (June 18, 2014)

The Power of Learning Through the Arts [a profile of our elder-in-residence program]
Russell Thomas, Fort McMurray Today (May 17, 2014)

New Study Shows Music Learning Improves Children's Brain Development [interview with Dr. Peter Simon about our article The Benefits of Music Education]
Ed Hand, 1310 News Ottawa (May 12, 2014)

Royal Occasion Honourees Enjoy Wondrous Evening of Music
Bill Brooks, Calgary Herald (May 9, 2014)

Ron Sexsmith to Become a Royal Conservatory Fellow
Trish Crawford, Toronto Star (April 28, 2014)

Royal Conservatory Announces 21C Music Festival
Trish Crawford, Toronto Star (March 28, 2014)

RCM Launches Promising New 21C Music Festival
Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto (March 28, 2014)

Twelve Bloor St. Arts Institutions Form New 'Cultural Corridor'
Joel Eastwood, Toronto Star (March 27, 2014)

Around the Koerner [examination of Koerner Hall's incredible acoustics
Corbin Smith, The Grid (March 20, 2014)

Royal Conservatory on a Mission to Recover Suppressed Works
Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail (February 14, 2014)

Meet Coco Ma  [Taylor Academy student Coco Ma chosen to participate in Lang Lang's inaugural music camp in Munich]
Debbie Lightle-Quan, CBC Television (November 23, 2013)

Toronto Music Student to Study with Lang Lang
Trish Crawford, Toronto Star (Nov 2, 2013)

Are Ghosts Really Haunting The Royal Conservatory of Music?
Robert Rowat, CBC MUSIC [blog], (October 31, 2013)

Music Lessons in Toronto [The Royal Conservatory selected as the top spot in Toronto for music lessons]
Aubrey Jax, BlogTO (October 18, 2013)

Irish Piano Master John O'Conor to Join Royal Conservatory of Music Faculty
John Terauds, Musical Toronto [blog] (October 9, 2013)

Cellist is Passionate About His Viper [profile of faculty member and Koerner Chair in Cello Andrés Díaz
Petrina Gentile, The Globe and Mail (October 5, 2013)

Piano Lessons Go Digital at Royal Conservatory [launch of The Marilyn Thomson Centre Early Childhood Education Centre]
James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail (October 5, 2013)

Royal Conservatory Announces Significant Career-Development Residencies for Promising Young Musicians
John Terauds, Musical Toronto [blog] (October 3, 2013)

Audra McDonald: Concert Review [Review of our 2013-14 gala concert]
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star (September 29, 2013) 

Calgary's Jan Lisiecki Named Young Artist of the Year
Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (September 19, 2013)

Violin Prodigy [profile of Taylor Academy student Emma Meinrenken, who won the 2013 National Music Festival]
Metro Morning [CBC Radio One] (August 7, 2013)

Paul Ben-Haim: Chamber Works - review

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian (July 21, 2013)

Ten Tips for What To Do at Your Royal Conservatory Exam
Andrea Ratuski and Chris Foley, CBC MUSIC [blog], (June 17, 2013)

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in School Music Class [alumnae Mireille Asselin and Monica Whicher advocate for importance of music education]
Paul Hunter, Toronto Star (June 15, 2013)

The Prince of Wales' Growing Charity Work in Canada [includes his work with Learning Through the Arts]
Matthew Rowe, Huffington Post Canada (June 13, 2013)

Royal Conservatory Announces 'Eclectic' 2013-14 Concert Season at Koerner Hall
David Rockne Corrigan, National Post (June 4, 2013)

The Royal Conservatory to Showcase Italian Artists, Beethoven and New Music in 2013/14 season
Trish Crawford, Toronto Star (June 4, 2013)

New Achievement Program Is Setting the Standard
Louise Lee, Strings (June 2013)

[Honorary Fellow] Bob Ezrin, the Music Producer with the Golden Touch
Trish Crawford, Toronto Star (May 26, 2013)

A Legendary Canadian Music Producer Shares his 'Bawling Moments' [Honorary Fellow Bob Ezrin]
Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (May 24, 2013)

Bachman, Ezrin, Pieczonka Honoured by Royal Conservatory of Music
David Rockne Corrigan, National Post (May 23, 2013)

Vancouver Academy of Music Helping to Launch New School in Hong Kong [a partneship with The Royal Conservatory]
Stephen Thomson, Georgia Straight (April 26, 2013)

Mozart Piano Concertos Played by Jan Lisiecki
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times (March 29, 2013)

Chris Hadfield Answers Questions From Young Musicians of The Royal Conservatory
Canadian Space Agency [blog] (February 8, 2013)

A Lasting Composition
Jacqueline Nunes, Collections (Winter 2013)

Living a Second Life Through Art
Katharine Robertson, Toronto Star (August 16, 2012)

London 2012: Many Accomplished Musicians Among Olympians
Tony Wong, Toronto Star (August 4, 2012)

Canadian Olymians: Win or Lose, They Play a Good Tune
Tom Huizenga, NPR (August 1, 2012)

Dancing Their Way to a Better Mark in Math
Steph Crosier, Hamilton Spectator (June 6, 2012)

Two Canadian Groups Welcome Prince Charles as Patron
Kim Mackrael, The Globe and Mail (May 16, 2012)

New Canadian Patronages for Prince Charles
Kate Schwass-Bueckert, Canoe (May 16, 2012)

Innovation Helps Royal Conservatory Hit All the Right Notes
Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail (May 15, 2012)

125e anniversaire du Conservatoire Royal: promouvoir une culture de la créativité
Annik Chalifour, L'Express (April 26, 2012)

Learning Through the Arts: A Royal Conservatory Program Helps Students Grasp Core Subjects
Sarah Frank, Peterborough This Week (February 17, 2012)

An Evening of Dazzling Music by Royal Conservatory Teachers [ARC Ensemble review]
John Terauds, Toronto Star (April 26, 2011)

Arts Integraton in Canada: America's Wake Up Call
John M. Eger, Huffington Post (February 14, 2011)

Vivid Delight and Distress [review of ARC Ensemble]
Joe Banna, Washington Post (November 10, 2010)

An Astonishing Array of Talent
Steve Paikin, TVO [The Agenda] (May 15, 2010)

Instrumental Composition
Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect (February 1, 2010)

The Case for an Arts Education
The Varsity (January 20, 2010)

Bold Year in Classical Music Capped by New Concert Hall
John Terauds, Toronto Star (December 27, 2009)

Instruments of Change [includes profile of Learning Through the Arts]
John Terauds, Toronto Star (November 28, 2009)

A Brilliant Beauty Built to Last
Christopher Hume, Toronto Star (October 24, 2009)

This New Hall is Decked with Stunning Sound
Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail (September 28, 2009)

Koerner Hall: Gutsy Vision, Good Vibrations
Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail (September 24, 2009)

Koerner Hall's Good Vibrations
John Terauds, Toronto Star (August 15, 2009)

Peter Simon / Royal Conservtory: Creative Innovation
Wah Keung Chan, The Music Scene (January 2009)

Mr. Music, Please
James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail (Aug 30, 2008)

Simon Says
Alec Scott, Toronto Life (January 2005)

For more information:

Jeff Embleton
Manager, Public Relations 
416.408.2824 x461
jeff.embleton@rcmusic.ca