Jan 24, 2014
Jeanne Lamon appointed to The Order of Ontario
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Toronto, January 24, 2014 … Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, has been appointed to The Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested Lamon along with 24 other appointees, including renowned film director David Cronenberg, influential leader and innovator Penny Collenette, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. James Rutka, and TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling, at a ceremony held yesterday afternoon at Queen's Park.
“I'm grateful and humbled to have been awarded our province’s highest official distinction, The Order of Ontario, for my work at Tafelmusik. It is a great honour to be among such an illustrious group of people, and I am deeply touched to have been nominated by Jim Fleck and Dr. Michael Baker,” says Jeanne Lamon.
The appointees to the Order of Ontario were chosen for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, and philanthropy. Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.
“Our province is richer for the contributions of these distinguished individuals. Through drive and determination they have pushed boundaries and serve as truly outstanding examples for all Ontarians,” said the Honourable David C. Onley.
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.
“I am thrilled that Jeanne Lamon has been appointed to The Order of Ontario. She is an exceptional music director and musician who is doing so much to develop the next generation of world-class musicians. This honour is well-deserved, and I couldn’t be happier for her,” said Tafelmusik Board Chair, Andy Kenins.
Described as "a toweringly influential figure in the musical life of Canada" by the Canada Council for the Arts, Jeanne Lamon began to specialize in baroque violin in the early 1970s, during her studies in Amsterdam with Sigiswald Kuijken. From 1972 to 1981 she was engaged as concertmaster of many period orchestras, both European and North American, and in 1980, Lamon was invited to Toronto by Tafelmusik’s founders, Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, and was appointed Music Director in 1981.
In 2000, Lamon was named to the Order of Canada. She has won numerous other awards and distinctions, including the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians’ Association, honorary degrees from York University and Mount Saint Vincent University, the Muriel Sherrin Award, the Prix Alliance, the Joan Chalmers Award, the Canada Council's Molson Prize, the Toronto Musicians’ Association’s Musician of the Year Award, the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, and the Betty Webster Award for Musical Leadership.
In October 2012, Lamon announced that she plans to step down from her role as full-time music director in 2014, ending what will be a remarkable 33-year tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful international performing arts organizations. During the search for her successor, Lamon will assume the role of Chief Artistic Advisor in the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons, and will dedicate herself to developing the next generation of period performance musicians.
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.