Stockey Young Artist
The Festival of the Sound’s Stockey Young Artist Program supports exceptional young musicians in their transition to professional careers and honours our benefactor Charles W. Stockey. Charles and Lois Stockey took an interest in young performers and often hosted recitals for them in their home in Victoria. They often expressed the hope that young artists would have the chance to play in the wonderful acoustics of the Stockey Centre. This year features two Stockey Young Artists.
National Youth Orchestra of Canada
The first large ensemble to be named Stockey Young Artist. For more than 50 years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has enjoyed an iconic reputation as Canada’s orchestral finishing school, providing a comprehensive and in-depth training program to our country’s best young classical musicians. As the bridge between music education and a music career, NYOC trains well-rounded and skilled orchestral musicians who are able to thrive in a variety of performance environments. Artistic Director James Campbell and many Festival performers are alumni of the orchestra. The cello soloist performing with the 2017 NYOC, Bryan Cheng, was our Stockey Young Artist in 2014. We welcome him back to the Festival of the Sound this year with his sister Sylvie in the Cheng² Duo. They are fine examples of the goals of career development offered by both the NYOC and the Festival.
Noah Franche-Nolan is a jazz pianist, improviser, composer and ensemble leader. He is completing his degree in Jazz Comprehensive and Classical Composition as a student of David Braid at the university of Toronto. He has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Port Hope Jazz Festival. Noah performs with various modern jazz ensembles, including Harrison Argatoff’s Quartet, Patrick Smith’s Quartet and Harrison Vetro’s Sextet. As a composer, Noah premiered Song of the Phoenix, his Modern Jazz/Classical Hybrid suite for sextet this past fall at Toronto’s Gallery 345.