Montreal, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s Oscar Peterson Award to Renee Rosnes. The trophy will be presented to her by Maurin Auxéméry, Programmer of the Festival, and the daughter of Oscar Peterson, Céline Peterson, on stage today at 7:00 p.m. at her concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
Renee Rosnes is the 30th artist to receive the Oscar Peterson Award. This prize was created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989 to salute a Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in this country and for the quality of his art.
Born in Canada, Renee Rosnes was drawn to classical music before turning towards jazz and New York in the early ’80s. Since then, the pianist has released 15 albums, taking home five Juno Awards. Alongside her long and brilliant solo career, the artist has joined in prestigious studio and onstage collaborations with such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and James Moody, not to mention her roles as a musical director and jazz journalist. Renee Rosnes undeniably ranks among the most important pianists and composers of her generation.
Renee Rosnes. July 4th, Maison symphonique de Montréal, 7 p.m. (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series).
As recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award, Renee Rosnes follows in the footsteps of Christine Jensen (2017), Karen Young (2016), Jim Galloway (2015), Ron Di Lauro (2014), Alain Caron (2013), Peter Appleyard (2012), Jean‑Pierre Zanella (2011), Don Thompson (2010), Susie Arioli (2009), Dave Young (2008), François Bourassa (2007), Yannick Rieu (2006), Bernard Primeau (2005), Diana Krall (2004), Kenny Wheeler (2003), Lorraine Desmarais (2002), Moe Koffman (2001), Charles Biddle (2000), Maynard Ferguson (1999), Guy Nadon (1998), Rob McConnell (1997), Nelson Symonds (1996), Michel Donato (1995), Paul Bley (1994), Fraser MacPherson (1993), Vic Vogel (1992), UZEB (1991), Oliver Jones (1990) and, of course, Oscar Peterson (1989).