Presenting the rising stars of early music and historical performance since 2018.
The Emerging Artists Showcase has been presented at early-music festivals in Berkeley, CA, Bloomington, IN, and Boston, MA, and virtually through EMA’s digital platforms. In 2023, the Showcase became a central element of the annual EMA Summit.
2024 Showcase: Cleveland
The 2024 Emerging Artists Showcase will be presented as the closing concert at 2024 EMA Summit in Cleveland, OH. The concert will take place the evening of Tuesday, October 22, 2024.
Three Showcase artists/ensembles will be selected. Each will present segment no longer than 25 minutes during the Showcase concert.
Selected Showcase artists will receive a Showcase grant up to $2,000 to assist with expenses.
All selected Showcase artists will receive free registration for the 2024 EMA Summit and will have access to the presentations, panels, workshops, exhibition, performances, and other networking opportunities as EMA gathers the early-music community together.
The application will be available January-March 2024
Guidelines for Application
2023 Showcase Artists
EMA congratulates the following artists were selected to perform in the 2024 Emerging Artists Showcase. The Showcase wase presented as the closing concert at 2023 EMA Summit in Boston at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston, Thursday, October 26, 2023.
Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, violin
During the final session of her undergraduate degree in violin performance at McGill University, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay decided to try her hand at the Baroque. She joined the university’s Baroque orchestra and fell head over heels in love! Transported by the beauty of this music— and finding resonance with its mode of expression— she decided to plunge headfirst into the Baroque world. After obtaining a Licentiate Degree, she pursued further studies, receiving a Master’s Degree in Early Music Performance. In 2019, she swept the honor roll of the Concours de musique ancienne Mathieu Duguay with an unprecedented four awards: First Prize, the People’s Choice Award, the Festival Montréal Baroque Prize, and the Été musical de Barachois Prize. Named “CBC’s Classical Revelation 2021-2022” and winner of the 2021 Opus prize for “Discovery of the year”, Marie is also awarded the Choquette Symcox prize by the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada the same year. Marie plays on an original 1750s Thomas Perry instrument as well as an Amati model violin made by Timothy Johnson and generously lent to her by Mr Jacques Marchand.
Performing together since 2020, The Fooles is a young, enthusiastic 17th-century Italian string band that believes in the power of underutilized historical techniques to bring repertoire from the birth of instrumental music back to life for the modern day. The ensemble gets its name from a marking in a Vivaldi concerto made by Pisendel, the work’s copyist, who says that the numbers used in realizing a continuo part are only needed by ‘the fools’. Today, long after the baroque musical traditions have been lost to history, we recognize the intense work that must be done to overcome our historical disadvantage in performing this repertoire. In this sense, the name is tongue-in-cheek, as the group actively works to avoid being foolish in this manner. Its members, who met and formed while students at The Juilliard School, are deeply interested in the scholarly research of all aspects of music, art, and society in early modern Europe, and perform regularly across the United States and Europe on various historical repertoires and instruments from the Renaissance to the modern day. The Fooles strive to challenge their modern musical upbringings and reframe their understanding of early music to go beyond a superficial understanding of the repertoire they play.
Tsutomu William Copeland
Maryse Legault, clarinet
accompanied by Gili Loftus, fortepiano
Maryse Legault received her master’s degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag in June 2017, specializing in historical clarinet performance in the studio of Eric Hoeprich. She has performed with many of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Siècles and MusicAeterna. One of the only Canadian women performing on period clarinets, she has been recognized for her impressive finger technique challenging historical performance standards, her daring choices of repertoire, as well as the flexibility and expressiveness of her interpretations. Maryse is recipient of a prize from the Sylva-Gelber Music Foundation and was awarded the Joseph-Armand-Bombardier research fellowship.
Award winning keyboardist, Gili Loftus’ three-fold expertise on the fortepiano, modern piano and harpsichord lend her playing a character that is unique to her, and which has opened up new and exciting paths for artistic and historical exploration which she has been invited to share through her performances and lectures on both sides of the Atlantic.
Previous Showcase Artists
2022 – Berkeley Festival & Exhibition and Virtual
Julia Bengtsson & Rocío López Sánchez
Patricía García Gil
2020 – Virtual
2019 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
2018 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
Adriana Ruiz Peña
Rachell Ellen Wong