Two UBC School of Music alumni have been named to the 2019 CBC Music "Hot 30 Classical Musicians Under 30" List.
The annual list, which celebrates some of Canada's most accomplished young singers, composers, and instrumentalists, features pianist Nicole Linaksita (BSc/BMus'16) and composer and conductor Jaelem Bhate (BMus'17, MMus'19)
It's been a breakthrough year for both Nicole and Jaelem. Nicole won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition's 2019 Stepping Stone final as well as the Canimex Group Prize for best performance of a Canadian work. She placed third at the prestigious 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Piano)in April and won the Orford Music Prize at the recent OSM Manulife Piano Competition. She will perform with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra this season.
Jaelem released his first album, On the Edge with the Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra, this spring, and while finishing his MMus degree was awarded the 2019 Nestor Korchinsky Student Leadership Award at the UBC Student Leadership Conference, in recognition of his work as a conductor and composer. In November Jaelem will conduct the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in their Wall to Wall percussion show.
Congratulations, Nicole and Jaelem!