BU Music student reached the national final

The road to Kamloops began in early May 2005 in Sherbrooke when Tomo played at the Festival-Concours, which brings together young musicians from the Eastern Townships. He was one of only two local musicians whom the judges recommended be promoted to the provincial event, which was held in Bandeen Hall at Bishop’s, on May 30. After hearing his performance of selections from the Bach Suite in C major for solo cello and the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1, the judges recommended that Tomo be invited to play at the national competition.

With transport and accommodation paid by the Confederation of National Music Festivals, and with new piano accompanist Tom Davidson (who teaches at McGill), Tomo made the trip to Kamloops where the national event was held from August 9-15. His playing there brought honour not only to himself but to our Music Department and to Bishop’s University. A final feather in Tomo’s cap came with a performance as soloist in the Saint-Saens Concerto, accompanied by the Sherbrooke Youth Orchestra, in December 2005.

Tomo has always been an exceptional student, both in terms of talent and hard work, and we are thrilled with this major achievement. He won the Douglas Lloyd Memorial Prize for his academic achievement in Philosophy and The Department of Music recently awarded him a prize in the name of Howard Brown who founded the Music Department. Tomo will complete his honours degree in Music as well as a major in Philosophy this year.

Jack Eby, Professor, Department of Music
Text from: Alumni News, winter 2006

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