On November 8, 2014, The Glenn Gould Foundation contributed a cultural component to the APEC 2014 summit in Beijing, China. The Foundation presented two remarkable young Canadian artists—Ryan Wang, aged 6 and Emma Meinrenken, aged 15—at a special reception hosted by Mrs. Laureen Harper and Minister of State, Seniors, Hon. Alice Wong, MP, for the trade delegation and stakeholders group at the summit. Click here to watch a video clip.
The Glenn Gould Foundation was proud and deeply honoured to have the opportunity, in collaboration with our colleagues at the Royal Conservatory of Music, to provide a musical presentation as part of the cultural component of Canada's participation in the APEC Summit. This was an expression of Glenn Gould's global reach as an icon of musical excellence, but also of The Glenn Gould Foundation's passionate commitment to advancing gifted and emerging young Canadian musicians and assisting them in taking their place on the world stage.
Ryan Wang is a 6-year-old pianist from West Vancouver, Canada. He has competed and achieved honors and scholarships in numerous Canadian piano competitions, including 3 First places at the 90th Kiwanis Music Festival, and the First Place and Judges’ Distinction in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. Ryan has also received two invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall and appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Emma Meinrenken, age 15, is a scholarship student of Atis Bankas at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Emma has won top awards and prizes in numerous music festivals and competitions nationally and internationally. In 2014, she won the Silver Medal at the Stulberg International String competition Michigan, U.S.A.
Ms. Meinrenken appeared with pianist Li Wang, who has been heard as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the US, South America, Europe and Asia and is regarded as one of Canada’s finest young artists. Mr. Wang currently resides in Toronto and is piano faculty at both The Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory.
The Glenn Gould Foundation would like to thank The Royal Conservatory for their generous support in making it possible for Ms. Meinrenken to appear at this reception.