meagan&amy

meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity, and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever "Pan-Canadian Partnership" recital tour by Jeunesses Musicales, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. As a result, they will tour to over 40 different Canadian cities as part of the 2019-2020 season. meagan&amy began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and have since performed regularly for audiences in eastern and western Canada. With the generous support of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada AIDA fund, meagan&amy studied Québécois and French repertoire in December 2017 as part of a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. They appeared in recital at the Festival de Lanaudière in July 2018 and will also be featured by CBC Music’s “In Concert” in the fall, 2018.

Their collaborative musicianship combined with their very accessible, yet audacious repertoire made an immediate impression
— Danièle Leblanc, Executive and Artistic Director of Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Check out the official Press Release for meagan&amy's "Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Partnership" Tour, 2019-2020.

 Photo credit: Etienne Gautier

Photo credit: Etienne Gautier

 

More background on who we are...

Both hailing from Saskatchewan, meagan&amy are currently active as a duo based in Montreal, presenting recitals in venues such as Pollack Hall, Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur and Redpath Hall. Performances "back home" continue to be of special importance to them. Saskatchewan highlights have included a duo recital as part of the Regina Musical Club Concert Series in January 2015 as winners of the Regina Musical Club Recital Competition. Their individual strengths - Milatz's proficiency on the fortepiano and Hillis's aptitudes for contemporary music - have combined to inform the wide range of repertoire which they present. meagan&amy have worked with esteemed chamber musicians such as Svetlin Roussev, Olivier Charlier, Eugen Indjic, Axel Strauss, Wolfgang Redik, Martin Chalifour, and Denise Lupien.

Equally at home as a soloist and collaborator, Meagan Milatz (piano) has appeared with several Canadian orchestras including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. Top prize winner at the 2014 CFMTA National Piano Competition, her performance endeavours on both modern piano and fortepiano have brought her to international stages in Hilton Head, France, Belgium, Spain, and Poland. A residency with her piano trio at the Universität Mozarteum in November 2016 culminated in a performance at Festival HerbstTöne in Salzburg. Highly passionate as a chamber musician, Milatz has performed with the string members of the Gryphon Trio, and collaborates regularly with Andrew Wan, concertmaster of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. On staff as a collaborative pianist at McGill University, she appears frequently in concert with a wide variety of instrumentalists in Montreal and surrounding areas.

Milatz began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill University where she studied modern piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She consequently spent a year studying collaborative repertoire under the tutelage of Philip Chiu. Milatz has participated in summer programs such as the renowned Kneisel Hall Young Artist Program, the Banff Centre, the Gijón International Piano Festival, and Morningside Music Bridge, receiving lessons from Robert McDonald, Joel Smirnoff, Jane Coop, Axel Strauss, Hamish Milne, Tamás Ungár, and André Laplante. With support from the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada AIDA fund, she spent time studying duo repertoire in Paris with violinist Amy Hillis in December 2017. She is also the recipient of a 2017 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.

Amy Hillis (violin) has "a rich, warm sound and has mastered the violin with such ease, that it is impossible to ignore her passion in performance" (Ludwig Van Montréal). Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Amy collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency awarded by the Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. She is also the winner of the 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award, and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her principal teachers have been Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Denise Lupien and Eduard Minevich. Amy is a member of the Montreal-based SOMA Quartet as well as first violinist and manager of the prairie-based Horizon String Quartet. She performs on the 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.