DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
Classical Music (Piano) Winner
Lucas Porter is an 18-year-old pianist from Port Williams, Nova Scotia. A graduate of Horton High School, he completed the first year of a Performance Diploma Degree in piano at the Glen Gould School of Music in the spring of 2009.
Lucas has participated in numerous master classes with many of the best teachers such as Leon Fleisher and John Perry and has won many scholarships and awards including first place at the CFMTA National Piano Competition and the Vest Performance of Baroque and Most Promising Performer in 2007, as well as winning the Glenn Gould Concerto Competition in 2009.
Marc Durand, Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Montreal and Visiting Artist and Program Advisor, The Glenn Gould Professional of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, says, "Lucas Porter is an outstanding pianist, a most knowledgeable musician for his young age and as well, a very inspiring artist. His musical concepts are always very intelligent, imaginative and convincing.Lucas is one of the most gifted pianists that I worked with over the past thirty years. He will most certainly become one of the very best pianists in the country."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation piano jury, consisting of John Hansen, Lawrence Jones and Ireneus Zuk, were very impressed with Lucas' audition performance. "The pianist had superb control of the instrument, especially in the Ravel and Prokofiev. Brilliant technique, commands a wide range of pianistic colours and expression. Lots of promise here!"