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Cameron Crozman, JBNBlog salutes you: Measures of excellence

- July 25th, 2012

 

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An undated, but likely c. 2010, portrait of Cameron Crozman, courtesy of Victor Aziz Photography*

One of the many pleasures of covering music in London has been meeting the rising stars, the next generation of our heroes. In this way,  JBNBlog has been lucky enough to meet & hear Cameron Crozman a few times over the years . . . Cameron is only 17 & he is amazing. (He wouldn’t put it that way, of course).

Right now, he is preparing for Friday night’s National Youth Orchestra Canada concert at the Grand Theatre . . .which you should get down to hear & experience because there will be about 90-plus other young stars like Cameron from across Canada plus India & Germany too. Wow.

JBNBlog has always vowed to read Remembrance of Things Past & never really got past the madeleine section. Cameron is apparently reading A la recherche du temps perdu — all 1.5 million words — in French. Which he wouldn’t find amazing. But JBNBlog does.

*The fine photograph of Cameron Crozman is the work of Victor Aziz, an old ballhockey buddy (among many other, more notable things) of JBNBlog’s . . . Victor’s late father, Victor Sr., was born in St. Thomas in the 1920s & JBNBlog believes knew my late mother when she was growing up there in the 1930s.

Here is the official word from the Canada Council on a major prize just won by Cameron:

Ottawa, July 25, 2012 – Cameron Crozman, a 17 year-old cellist from London, Ontario, has been awarded the Canada Council Michael Measures Prize. Launched in September 2010 through a partnership with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC), the prize will provide Mr. Crozman with $15,000 to help build his musical career, which has already taken him across Canada and abroad, to China and the Netherlands.

 

“At the age of 17, Cameron Crozman is already an accomplished musician,” said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “It is inspiring to see all the hard work Cameron has put into his musical studies paying off with international opportunities at such a young age.”

The Michael Measures Prize is made possible as a result of a
$1-million bequest from Michael Measures, a music enthusiast and long-time volunteer in the Ottawa arts community. It was his particular wish to provide opportunities for young classical musicians to improve their skills and in encouraging public recognition of their achievements.

The NYOC co-ordinates and supervises the administration of the competition and selection of the annual winner of the Michael Measures Prize. The recipient, between the ages of 16-22, is chosen from those who have successfully completed the NYOC’s annual summer training program.

“The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is delighted to have such a committed and talented young musician as part of this year’s orchestra,” said Barbara Smith, Executive Director of the NYOC.  “Cameron is one of this country’s most promising young cellists and was an obvious choice to receive this year’s Canada Council Michael Measures Prize. He is sure to have a significant impact in the world of classical music in Canada for many years to come.”

The prize presentation will take place during a concert of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27.

Cameron Crozman

Cameron Crozman began studying cello when he was seven years old in Calgary, Alberta, and shortly after was accepted into the Mount Royal Conservatory’s Academy Program for Gifted Youth. He has been studying cello with Paul Pulford in Waterloo, Ontario, since 2007 and for the past three years has been a guest member of the Wilfrid Laurier University cello masterclass. In recent years he has toured nationally and internationally, including a performance in the prestigious Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

In 2011, Cameron Crozman was awarded the top prize at the Peter the Great Festival in the Netherlands and was also selected that year to perform at the International Cello Festival of Canada in Winnipeg. He was the winner of the 2010 London Kiwanis Rose Bowl, one of the youngest performers in its 50-year history to receive this distinction, as well as a prize winner at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 Standard Life Competition. He has been a three-time national finalist and scholarship winner in the Canadian Music Competition and has received scholarships to attend both the Orford Arts Centre and the Toronto Summer Music Academy.

A recent graduate of École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont in London, Ontario, Cameron has also taken courses at Western University of Canada through Western’s Initiative for Scholarly Excellence (WISE) program. In September, he will continue his musical studies at the Paris Conservatoire in France.

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is Canada’s advanced orchestral training institute for musicians aged 16 to 28. Its mission is to educate, elevate and empower Canada’s most gifted young orchestral musicians. Internationally recognized as one of the finest orchestral programs in the world, the NYOC provides the most in-depth comprehensive training anywhere. More than 500 aspiring high school and university-level student musicians audition for the 80 to 100 spots in the NYOC each year. Since its inception in 1960 more that 2,700 of Canada’s finest young musicians have received orchestral training. Its alumni form the core of major Canadian orchestras while others have gone on to become members of prominent international orchestras.

General information

In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, theCanada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council is committed to raising public awareness and celebrating these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and an international level.