Recently named the winner of the 2019-2020 Prix Goyer ($125,000), flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician with a passion for connecting with audiences. A strong competitor, Lara was a first prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2014 Manulife Competition, at which she was awarded a total of seven prizes, including the Stingray Music Audience Award. Additionally, she was the Grand Prize Winner of both the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition (2014) and the Canadian Music Competition (2010), as well as a laureate of the Concours Prix d’Europe (2016).
Lara is currently based in the Ottawa-Montreal area, where she performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (of which she acted as Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo for the 2016-17 season), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la francophonie, among others. An avid chamber musician, her debut album, “Origins,” with harpist Emily Belvedere (Duo Kalysta) was released on the Leaf Music label in September 2019 and was named one of the Top 20 Canadian Classical Albums of 2019 by CBC Music.
Shang-Jung (Kitty) Chan, recipient of the 2018 British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship, is ARCT certified from the Royal Conservatory of Music for both cello and piano with first-class honors. She appeared at various summer programs including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Scotia Festival of Music and Le Domaine Forget Strings Academy. Kitty was a participant in the Institute of Orchestral Studies with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in partnership with University of Ottawa, as well as a student mentee in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. She participated in public masterclass with Mischa Maisky, Paul Watkins, Laurence Lesser, Marc Coppey, Steven Doane, and Philippe Muller to name a few. Holding two Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Music, Kitty is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Performance with Professor Paul Marleyn at University of Ottawa.