2017 SCHOLARSHIP competition for piano

COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, February 18th, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VENUE: Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th

JUNIOR CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY: Competitors must Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents who reside in British Columbia and must be under the age of 19 as of February 18, 2017.

SENIOR CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents who reside in British Columbia. and must be 19 or older as of February 18, 2017.

ABILITY QUALIFICATION: All selections must be at the Gr. 10/ARCT* Diploma standard or higher and memorized.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight, January 10, 2017.

TOTAL AWARDS: at least $4,000.00

ATTENTION: Please apply early as only the first 10 eligible applications from each category will only be accepted. 

APPLICATION FEE: $100.00 (to be refunded if your application is not accepted).


Saida Matyukov

Saida Matyukov is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory of Music. Ms. Matyukov was an active performer throughout the former Soviet Union performing in Moscow and St. Petersburg and collaborating with such conductors as Maxim Shostakivich and Rudolf Barshai.

Following post-graduate studies with Teodor Gutman, Saida was appointed to the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. In 1981, Ms. Matyukov emigrated to Canada where she taught at the Mount Royal College in Calgary and has served with distinction on VAM faculty since 1987.

Henri-Paul Sicsic

Canadian pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic is a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician who thrills audiences across North America and Europe with his intense, passionate and imaginative performances.
Henri-Paul Sicsic is also an inspired pedagogue with a tremendous following.  His strong commitment to teaching and ability to enrich and inspire young talents is legendary, and his students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels, earning prestigious Fulbright and Canada Council grants, winning top prizes and awards at major competitions, teaching at institutions of higher education and at summer music festivals.
Henri-Paul Sicsic was the first performance faculty member at the UBC School of Music to be awarded the Killam Teaching Prize, one of the highest academic honours in Canada.
His teachers include Juliette Audibert-Lambert (herself a student of Gabriel Fauré and of Alfred Cortot), Pierre Sancan (Grand Prix de Rome, Paris Conservatoire), and renowned pianist and master teacher John Perry.
At the Conservatoire de Nice, France, Sicsic was awarded a first prize with honours in piano, a first prize in chamber music, and a conducting diploma.  As a pianist, he also received a first prize at the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice Competition and top prize at the Royaume de la Musique National Radio Competition in France.
Sicsic taught at Rice University from 1986 to 1992 as the associate of eminent artist-teacher John Perry.  He was a member of the piano faculty at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for thirteen years (1994-2007). He was then appointed to the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto in July of 2007 where he taught until 2014.  
Henri-Paul Sicsic’s CD of Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Fantasy Op. 17 was highly praised. A more recent CD release of a live solo recital in Paris received high acclaim.
Now back in Vancouver, Henri-Paul Sicsic is happy to make again his contribution to teaching and performing in the province’s wonderful music community.  Sicsic is a proponent of the Alexander Technique and also studies Tai Chi Chuan.  He enjoys French cuisine and is a marathon runner.
 “…and if you heard his performance of Rachmaninov (B-flat minor) Sonata on the CBC, he is not to be missed” (The Vancouver Sun)