Montreal orchestral conductor Nicolas Ellis is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Heinz Unger Award. This national award, presented biennially to an emerging professional Canadian conductor, recognizes talent and promise, musicianship, and commitment to Canadian repertoire and Canadian musicians.
The $8,000 award will be presented on Thursday, October 29 at a performance by l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora titled Poésie musicale. Nicolas, the orchestra’s artistic director, will receive the award from board chair Xavier Roy.
“Nicolas is a dynamic leader who has accomplished so much in such a short time,” remarked the jury. “He has a fresh, authentic way of communicating his vision to orchestras and audiences. Nicolas’ approach makes us optimistic about the future of orchestral music.”