Earl Lee, of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Heinz Unger Award.
This award is presented biennially to Canada’s most promising emerging conductor. It recognizes excellence in conducting, dedication to Canadian repertoire and musicians, and commitment to fostering appreciation of orchestral music.
The $8,000 award will be presented on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, which will feature Earl as conductor.
The jury was unanimous in its choice, stating: “We are impressed by Earl’s insightful conducting, excellent technique and expressive style. We applaud his strong commitment to education and outreach, as well as his dedication to Canadian repertoire and artists.”