“The burst of flame” aptly describes the musical intensity and pianistic pyrotechnics of this gifted duo. Grand Prize winners of the 2017 Canadian Music Competition, and national Youth Ambassadors, Charissa Vandikas and Linda Ruan love to shine the light on the fascinating, fun repertoire for one piano, four hands.
For 60 years, the Canimex – Canadian Music Competition has been discovering and supporting the best musical talent in the country. It encourages emerging musicians to push themselves by cultivating discipline and perseverance, all while giving them an outstanding opportunity for artistic development. A gathering of this scale represents a leading artistic showcase for the discovery of top-level talent, a unique educational tool for music teachers (from the elementary school to university levels), and an indispensable source of motivation and a learning environment for emerging musicians. The regular component is open to musicians between the ages of 7 and 25 (30 for singers), while the Stepping Stone component is an elite level section allowing participants between the ages of 16 and 28 (31 for singers) who are embarking on a professional career to undergo an experience similar to those found at competitions on the international level. The idea for the Competition first took shape in 1958 in Montreal. Today, 14 chapters are at work from coast to coast in Canada which represents more than 200 volunteers. Across the country, it has fueled the vitality of a new generation of high-level classical musicians in every community in which it is present.