Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra receives 2015 Vida Peene Orchestra Award
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Vida Peene Orchestra Award. The $5,000 award will be presented at the opening night of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Masters concert on Thursday, November 5 at 8 p.m., in Jeanne Lamon Hall at Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.
- Founded in 1979, Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. They have received 10 JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination.
- Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director, and is continuing as Tafelmusik’s Chief Artistic Advisor until her successor is appointed.
- The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto and travels extensively around the world.
- In 2012, Tafelmusik launched its multi-platform recording label, Tafelmusik Media, along with their Watch and Listen site. Tafelmusik’s discography of 80+albums also includes recordings on labels such as Sony Classical, CBC Records and Analekta.
- Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and operates two annual artist training programs, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the Tafelmusik Winter Institute.
“Tafelmusik has an excellent international reputation,” noted the jury. “Their impressive repertoire covers the full spectrum from baroque to contemporary, and their multimedia projects are very exciting.”
- The Vida Peene Orchestra Award is given out biennially to assist Ontario orchestras. Vida Peene was a Hamilton-based arts patron whose remarkable legacy continues to nurture the arts in Ontario and Canada.
- The award alternates between semi-professional/community-based and professional orchestras.
- Past recipients include the North Bay Symphony Orchestra (2013), the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (2011) and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (2009). See the full list of previous laureates.
- The Ontario Arts Council administers the jury process for the Vida Peene Orchestra Award. This year’s jury consisted of Joanne Harada (Vancouver), E-Chen Hsu (Thunder Bay) and Erik Ross (Toronto).