Sylva Gelber Music Foundation

Sylva Gelber Music Foundation

October 14, 2009 07:00 ET

Violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Cellist David Eggert, and Soprano Simone Osborne are the 2009 Winners of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) -

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Three outstanding young Canadian musicians will now have a chance to advance their careers thanks to major awards totalling $74,000 announced today by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation. Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, a violinist from Toronto, Ontario, will be pursuing studies with eminent violin masters in Europe and the US. David Eggert, a cellist from Victoria, British Columbia is now able to continue his studies at the Curtis Institute. Simone Osborne, a soprano from Vancouver, British Columbia will be travelling throughout the year to New York City to receive coaching from the legendary Marilyn Horne.

The Foundation's awards program, established by the late Sylva Gelber, aims to support exceptionally talented young Canadians who are pursuing or about to embark on a professional career in classical music performance. The Foundation accepts applications by referral, drawing from a pool of candidates recommended by prominent conductors, directors and music schools in North America and Europe.

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, 24, performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader in North America and Europe. He made his U.K. recital debut this year at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians and performed the Beethoven Concerto with the Cardiff Sinfonietta. Upcoming engagements include concerto appearances with Britain's Corelli Ensemble, a solo recital for the Milton Keynes International Series, and several performances for Canadian concert series.

This summer Nathaniel performed at the Festival Pablo Casals in France and led the Ashover Festival Orchestra in the United Kingdom. His performances have been broadcast on SDR radio (Germany), WCLV Cleveland and PBS television. An avid chamber musician, he has held multi-year Fellowships at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program.

A native of Toronto, Nathaniel began violin lessons at age three and entered the Royal Conservatory of Music at age ten; his studies have also taken him to the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne and Salzburg's Mozarteum. Nathaniel holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Kantor. He is now completing his Masters of Music degree on full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Maurice Hasson. He has recently won the Concerto Prize at the Academy and was awarded the Licentiate of the RAM for teaching. Mr. Anderson-Frank plays a Testore-Milanese School violin, c. 1740, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

David Eggert

David Eggert, 23, is a young cellist with a blossoming international performing career. Recognized for his compelling stage presence and imaginative interpretation, he has an enterprising approach to the traditional repertoire along with a strong commitment to musical creation of our time. In solo appearances in Europe, North America and Israel David Eggert is heralded as an upcoming talent.

Born in Edmonton in 1985, David studied for thirteen years with Tanya Prochazka. At 16, he won first prize at both the Canadian Music Competition and the National Music Festival playing string quartet, and toured Canada as principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Following high school, he studied for two years in Boston with Lawrence Lesser, then moved to Montreal to study with the dynamic and trail-breaking cellist Matt Haimovitz.

Focusing on twentieth century repertoire, David won first prize at the 2006 Eckhardt-Grammate Competition for Canadian Music and completed a successful tour of 18 Canadian cities as part of the grand prize. He went on to win first prize and five special awards at the 2008 International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in Zagreb, and received an honorary award at the Naumburg International Cello Competition in New York.

David Eggert is currently a student of Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and he plays a 1871 Niccolo Bianchi cello, generously loaned to him by the German Music Foundation.

Simone Osborne

Canadian soprano Simone Osborne, 23, has been described as "a joy to hear" (Los Angeles Times) with "a sweet and clear sound, sensitive phrasing and gleaming sustained high notes" (New York Times).

A grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions in 2008, Simone made her European debut with the Wexford Opera Festival that same year. This season Simone joins the young artist ensemble at the Canadian Opera Company. She will perform the roles of Frasquita (Carmen), Anne Kennedy (Maria Stuarda), Ilia in an ensemble performance of Idomeneo, Rosina in a tour of Il barbiere di Siviglia, in addition to a performance of the Pribaoutki songs in the premiere of Robert LePage's "The Nightingale and Other Short Fables." Equally at home on the recital platform, Simone will present a solo recital in New York City as a part of the Marilyn Horne Foundation's "On Wings of Song" recital series this season. She sings Bach's "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen " and Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate" with the Edmonton Symphony and performs a solo recital for the Hong Kong Arts Festival later this year. Previous operatic roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Nanetta (Falstaff), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Musetta (La Boheme), Atalanta (Serse), Mignon (Mignon), Marenka (Prodana nevesta), Candace Brenner (A Wedding), Laeticia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Papagena (Die Zauberflote) and Emma Jung in the world premiere of Canadian opera The Dream Healer.

Simone was the 2008 winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the 2007 winner of the International Czech and Slovak Opera Competition and a prize winner at the George London Foundation Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and the Jaqueline Desmarais Foundation.

About the Foundation

Sylva Gelber, a distinguished Canadian and a lover of music and the visual arts, set up her music foundation in 1973. During her lifetime she took enormous pleasure in supporting young artists and kept in touch with many who had benefitted from her generosity. Until 2007, the Foundation's support consisted primarily of an annual award administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. In accordance with Ms. Gelber's desire for a permanent legacy, the Foundation now directly administers a new and expanded program of awards, so that it may continue to help emerging artists at the critical early stage of their professional career.

Born in Toronto in 1910, Sylva Gelber served Canada in various capacities, most notably as Director of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labour and Canadian representative on the UN Commission for the Status of Women (1970-74). An outspoken advocate of women's rights, she helped to introduce equal-pay legislation, maternity leave and women's pension benefits into the Canadian system. She held many international appointments during her lifetime, including that of Canadian delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (1976 and 1978). She was author of No Balm in Gilead, an award-winning memoir that included an account of her 15 years in British-mandate Palestine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. A true original, Sylva Gelber played a mean 1-inch harmonica, drove snazzy sports cars, and whenever possible wore a red hat and shoes. She died in 2003 at the age of 93.

Photos for this release will be available on Marketwire's website at the following addresses:

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091014-N.Anderson-Frank800.jpg.

David Eggert: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091014-Eggert_800.jpg.

Simone Osborne: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091014-SimoneOsborne_800.jpg.

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