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2023 Showcase Artists
EMA congratulates the following artists who have been selected to perform as part of this year’s Emerging Artists Showcase. The Showcase will be presented as the closing concert at 2023 EMA Summit in Boston. The concert will take place at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston at 8:00pm on Thursday, October 26, 2023. Summit attendees will receive complementary tickets. Tickets will be on sale to the general public at the door for $30.
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.
2023 Showcase: Boston
The 2023 Emerging Artists Showcase will be presented in-person as the closing concert at 2023 EMA Summit in Boston, MA. The concert will take place the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2023.
Three Showcase artists/ensembles will be selected. Each will present a 20-30 minute segment of the Showcase concert.
Selected Showcase artists will receive a Showcase grant up to $2,000 to assist with travel expenses to Boston.
All selected Showcase artists will receive free registration for the 2023 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 on January 9, 2023 through April 3, 2023.
Guidelines for Application
Previous Showcase Artists
2018 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
Adriana Ruiz Peña
Rachell Ellen Wong
2019 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
2020 – Virtual
2021 – Virtual
Beneath a Tree – Baroque to Folk
Alice Chuaqui Baldwin
Monika Ruusma & Héctor Alonso Torres
Time Stands Still
2022 – Berkeley Festival & Exhibition and Virtual
Julia Bengtsson & Rocío López Sánchez
Patricía García Gil