2016 Winner Matt Poon
Pianist and composer Matt Poon advocates music of our time by performing, creating, and researching. As a pianist, Mr. Poon specializes in music written in the past century, including repertoire requiring extended techniques. As a former member of Tactus and gamUT, Mr. Poon performed chamber works by living composers including Paul Moravec, Bill Ryan, Paula Matthusen, Joseph Schwantner, and the Bang-On-A-Can composers, and worked under the direction of Jeff Milarsky, Gary Kulesha, Wallace Halladay, and Norbert Palej. Mr. Poon has given a lecture-performance on Ligeti Etudes at the Manhattan School of Music. As a composer, his music has been performed by the American String Quartet, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Manhattan School of Music Orchestra.
Mr. Poon holds a MM in Piano Performance and a MM in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. His major mentors include Anthony Demare, Carol Ann Aicher, Midori Koga, Brian Current, Roger Bergs, and Chan Ka Nin.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct. 20: Kingston, ON – Queen’s University – 7:30 PM Nov. 3: Sackville, NB – Mount Allison University – 8:00 PM Nov. 8: Thunder Bay, ON – LUMINA Concert Series – 12:30 PM Nov.11: London, ON– University of Western Ontario- 8:00 PM Nov.13: Toronto, ON– Hart House – 3:00PM
Nov. 17: Montreal, QC– Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur – 7:30 PM
Nov 20: Winnipeg, MB– Winnipeg Art Gallery (Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg) – 2:00 PM
Nov. 21: Brandon, MB– Brandon University – 8:00 PM
Nov. 23: Vancouver, BC – University of British Columbia- Noon
Nov. 25: Calgary, AB – University of Calgary – Noon
The Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music is a memorial to composer, pianist, and violinist S.C. (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté who spent the last twenty-one years of her life in Manitoba. It fulfills her lifelong dream of creating a means by which the music of contemporary composers could make its presence felt by young musicians on the threshold of their careers. The E-Gré National Music Competition has been held annually since 1976 at Brandon University.