Madeline Hildebrand is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Doris McLellan competition for live solo performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where her dynamic performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 netted the 8K first prize. She has been described as an energetic performer who conquers “challenging repertoire” with flair and “brilliant execution”.  (Squamish Chief Press)

Madeline was recently awarded a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia where she studied under the tutelage of distinguished Canadian pianist, Jane Coop.  Previous to that she studied with Judy Kehler Siebert and Rei Hotoda, graduating with a degree in Piano Performance from the University of Manitoba, where she earned the Millennium Scholarship.  A four-time scholarship winner at Manitoba’s Provincial Festival piano finals, Madeline has accumulated prizes in the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Competition, the Winnipeg Music Festival finals, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, and the Women’s Musical Society of Vancouver.  She is the recent recipient of a Manitoba Arts Council grant.

In August of 2007 Madeline represented Canada in the classical division at the Eastern European Cultural Arts Festival in Sibiu, Romania.  Other highlights have included her post as accompanist with Canada’s National Youth Choir, her Southern Manitoba tour with her student-initiated 8-hand piano group, and guest artist performances for the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg.  She has maintained a vibrant studio of piano students over the years.

Madeline has been awarded opportunities to study with such prominent artists as Andre Laplante, John Perry, Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl among others, in numerous festivals including Orford, Banff and the Icicle Creek Piano Festival in Leavenworth, Washington.

Past 2012 performances include a solo concert for the Agassiz Summer Music Festival in Winnipeg, and solo concert for the Steinbach Arts Council (Manitoba) concert series. Upcoming engagements include a solo concert for the Women’s Musical Society of Vancouver, a Manitoba and Saskatchewan-wide house concert tour organized through Winnipeg’s Homeroutes association, and participating in the Icicle Creek piano festival in Leavenworth, Washington. Madeline is looking forward to venturing into the new world of adjudicating; her first piano festival is in Altona, Manitoba, in April.  She recently returned from Maine’s Kneisel Hall Chamber music festival, where she was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform in July and August.