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May 8, 2014

Tafelmusik announces the creation of $3 Million JEANNE LAMON YOUNG ARTIST FUND

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Toronto, May 8, 2014 … On the occasion of Jeanne Lamon’s final Toronto concerts as full-time Music Director May 8 to 14, Tafelmusik has announced the creation of the Jeanne Lamon Young Artist Fund, a $3 million endowment to support the expansion of Tafelmusik’s young artist-training programmes. The fund will help launch the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy, inspired by the orchestra’s existing and extraordinarily successful baroque artist-training programmes for the next generation of period instrument performers. Gifts made to the fund may be doubled through the Canadian Heritage Endowment Incentives program, which matches up to 100% of endowment gifts made to eligible arts and cultural organizations. 
Following 33 years of exceptional leadership as Tafelmusik’s Music Director, Lamon’s dream is to dedicate herself to the training of outstanding baroque musicians, and to make Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir the leading centre in North America for period performance education. 
 
“It is extremely fulfilling to have played in many magnificent concert halls around the world and to have made numerous recordings, all to great acclaim. But what will be our lasting gift to the future? It is in training the next generation of artists and passing on our knowledge and our passion for this wonderful music,” says Jeanne Lamon. 
 
The Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy will be unique in North America as a highly selective programme for accomplished young artists who are active professionals in the early stages of their performing careers. The Academy will position Toronto as a leading centre in North America for orchestral-based training of baroque performers, offering several intensive teaching modules each year. Young performers will learn from musicians who are master practitioners in historically informed practice. Tafelmusik’s rigorous touring activities will enhance the Academy’s international scope by attracting the attention of talented young musicians from around the globe. 
 
As Toronto’s world-renowned classical music ensemble, Tafelmusik is uniquely poised for this role. “Toronto’s great art-music ensemble from a global point-of-view … is Tafelmusik that made the leap from excellent local band to a group loved and respected in all of North America, in Europe and in Asia,” wrote John Terauds recently for Musical Toronto.
 
Tafelmusik already has a remarkable record of success training young artists in baroque performance education. Established in 2002, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is an artist training programme which has achieved striking results: three of the Summer Institute’s alumni have won positions in the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and other Institute graduates have taken up positions with such top-ranked baroque orchestras around the world as the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), La Petite Bande (Belgium), the Gabrieli Players (London), and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London). 
 
The Tafelmusik Winter Institute, inaugurated in 2013, builds on the success of the Summer Institute and offers advanced performers an intensive week of specialized orchestral study that focuses on a particular period or school of music.
Under Lamon’s artistic direction since 1981, Tafelmusik has achieved an enviable international stature and is considered “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone Magazine). During Lamon’s tenure, Tafelmusik has grown from its modest beginnings to the world-renowned, cutting-edge period ensemble it is today, reaching millions of people through extensive touring, critically-acclaimed recordings, broadcasts, new media, and artistic/community partnerships. 
During the search for her successor, Lamon will assume the role of Chief Artistic Advisor in the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons, and in addition to directing some Tafelmusik programmes in Toronto and on tour, will dedicate herself to developing the next generation of period performance musicians. 
 
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Media contact: 
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 481‐1161 | e‐mail: ltrisi@sympatico.ca 
High‐resolution photos of Tafelmusik are available for download in the Media Room at http://www.tafelmusik.org/media-room/press-photos
 
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.