Apr 23, 2014
Jeanne Lamon receives Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award
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Toronto, April 22, 2014 … Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, has received Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. This award is named in memory of the renowned and beloved musicologist from the University of Chicago, Howard Mayer Brown.
Early Music America (EMA) serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 2,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.
"Receiving the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement is a huge honour," says Lamon. "The list of previous recipients is very impressive indeed and I will be humbled to be counted among them. Howard Mayer Brown was a towering and inspirational leader in the field of early music in America. His work influenced me profoundly in my performance of 17th c. Italian violin sonatas."
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.
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. Lamon’s most recent distinctions include her appointment to the Order of Ontario earlier this year, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto.
In October 2012, Lamon announced that she plans to step down from her role as full-time music director in June 2014, ending what will be a remarkable 33-year tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful international performing arts organizations. Her outstanding track record will be commemorated through “A Celebration of Jeanne Lamon,” a special series of concerts marking her final Toronto programme as full-time Music Director at Trinity-St. Paul’s, Jeanne Lamon Hall on May 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14, and at George Weston Recital Hall on May 13.
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.