THE SCOOP | College Of Toronto Grad Luca Ortolani Wins 2024 NAC Orchestra Bursary

Oboist Luca Ortolani (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Oboist Luca Ortolani (Picture courtesy of the artist)

Oboist and College of Toronto graduate Luca Ortolani has gained the 2024 NAC Orchestra Bursary. He takes house the grand prize bursary of $8,000.

From 16 candidates who handed the auditions, 8 finalists have been chosen for the final stage of the competitors. The judges awarded prizes totalling greater than $24,000 within the forty third model of the annual Nationwide Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competitors.

Concerning the Award

The jury for this 12 months was: Bursary Committee Chair Christina Cameron (non-voting); 4 NAC Orchestra musicians (Leah Roseman, higher strings; Marc-André Riberdy, decrease strings; Stephanie Morin, winds; Steven van Gulik, brass and percussion); and two exterior judges (Jo Ann Simpson, bassoonist, and Doug Burden, retired NACO trombonist).

The 2024 competitors was open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 26 years of age as of the appliance cut-off date within the classes of winds, brass, percussion, and timpani. Candidates should have a connection to the Nationwide Capital Area, together with residing or learning within the space, and should at the moment be following a acknowledged skilled degree music research program.

Different winners included:

  • The Crabtree Basis Award ($5,000) – Annie Noël-de-Tilly, flute
  • The Buddies of the NAC Orchestra Award ($3,500) – Nadia Ingalls, bassoon
  • The NAC Orchestra Vic Pomer Award ($2,000) – Xudong (Ray) Zheng, flute
  • Buddies of the NAC Orchestra Evelyn Greenberg Award ($2,000) – Dylan Pinette, oboe
  • The Sturdevant Prize for Orchestra Excerpts ($1,500) – Luca Ortolani, oboe
  • Piccolo Prix ($1,000) – Shaw Nicholson, trumpet
  • Don Renshaw Memorial Award for Brass ($500) – Constance Prost, trombone
  • Honourable mentions of $350 every have been awarded to Nabeel Ansari, oboe and Constance Prost, trombone.

Luca Ortolani performs Poem for Oboe and Piano (1953) by Marina Dranishnikova with Frédéric Lacroix, piano, on the finals on April 7:

Winner Luca Ortolani

Luca commented in a media launch,

“I’m so thrilled to have been awarded this 12 months’s NAC Orchestra Bursary. This award could be very significant to me as a result of I grew up attending NACO live shows. The orchestra is the explanation I fell in love with classical music and stays a continuing supply of inspiration. It’s particularly transferring for me to have additionally been awarded the Sturdevant Orchestral Excerpts Prize because it was Tempo Sturdevant himself who, early on, inspired me to pursue a life in music. Thanks to the judges and organizers who made this glorious competitors doable. Additionally, a lot gratitude to my academics all through the years — Titus Underwood, Sarah Jeffrey, Anna Petersen and Angela Casagrande, in addition to my household and pals for a few years of assist.”

Luca accomplished his undergrad research on the College of Toronto, after which went on to pursue a Grasp’s diploma on the College of Cincinnati School-Conservatory of Music.

The younger oboist has carried out with the Nationwide Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Kentucky Symphony, amongst others, and labored with conductors akin to Uri Mayer and Christopher Larkin. He has contributed to a number of recordings, together with Borealis (2022)and Ichmouratov; Overtures/Symphony (2020) and Aurora (2023).

Within the fall of 2024, he’ll be returning to Toronto to pursue an Artist’s Diploma at The Glenn Gould Faculty on the Royal Conservatory of Music, learning with Sarah Jeffrey.

Congratulations to Luca, and we’ll stay up for listening to him carry out in Toronto quickly.

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