2017 Pentland Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award


2017: Owen Underhill

Awarded on March 8, 2017

It is impossible to overstate Owen Underhill’s contribution to the musical life of Vancouver, to the province of BC, and to the cultural fabric of the nation itself. He is a prize-winning, Juno-nominated Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre; a celebrated and highly innovative Artistic Director of Turning Point Ensemble, renowned for deeply-researched and visionary programs; as a conductor he is acclaimed by the musicians he works with, having conducted well over 150 premieres by Canadian composers; and he is a highly respected professor of composition at Simon Fraser University, where he currently serves as Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts, and was recently Dean Pro Tem of the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology.

Award of Excellence


Turning Point Ensemble

Presented January 27, 2017 to Turning Point Ensemble Artistic Director Owen UnderhillRead More

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Presented January 29, 2017 to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bramwell Tovey • Read More

Victoria Symphony

Presented February 4, 2017 to Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller • Read More

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

Presented May 14, 2017 to VYSO Music Director Roger ColeRead More

Maestro Norman Nelson

Presented June 11th, 2017 to violinist and conductor Norman NelsonRead More

Vancouver Chamber Choir

Presented September 22, 2017 to VCC Music Director Jon WashburnRead More

Aventa Ensemble

Presented October 15, 2017 to Artistic Director Bill LinwoodRead More

Jordan Nobles

Presented October 18, 2017 to Jordan Nobles • Read More

Prince George Symphony Orchestra

Presented October 22, 2017 to Prince George Symphony Orchestra board members Diane Rogers and John DeGraceRead More

UBC Opera Program

Presented November 19, 2017 to Director of UBC Opera Program Nancy HermistonRead More

Stephanie Nakagawa

Presented November 19, 2017 to soprano Stephanie NakagawaRead More

Outstanding Composition


Orchestra North Summer Program Composition Competition

Presented August 12, 2017 • Read More
Kaia Andal for Four Corners in the Senior Category
Luke Chen for A Child’s Song in the Junior Category

Langley Community Music School

Presented January 27, 2017Read More
Ella Yu, Senior Category
Brooklyn Wood, Junior Category

Outstanding Performance


Vancouver International Music Competition

Presented on October 8, 2017Read More

  • Voice Junior Talent : Meiling Ji
  • Voice Young Artists: Stanford Guo
  • Voice Artists: Amy Moodie
  • Strings Junior Talent : Davin Mar
  • Strings Young Artists: Robert Choi
  • Strings Artists: Jacob Clewell
  • Piano Junior Talent : Paul Wang
  • Piano Young Artists: Annie Cao
  • Piano Artists: Nicole Linaksita