Nicolas Ellis
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Canadian Conductor Nicolas Ellis, 29, is the winner of the 2021-22 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer. Worth $125,000, the price is awarded every two years to an emerging artist in the field of classical music. It’s the biggest prize of its kind in Canada, according to a news piece of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nicolas Ellis is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Orchestre de l’Agora and currently serves as Artistic Partner to the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

He completed his Master’s Degree at the McGill University in conducting with Alexis Hauser and was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Robert Spano. During the summer of 2019, he was part of the Verbier Festival Academy where he acted as assistant conductor to Music Director Valery Gergiev on a production of Die Frau ohne Schatten.

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