meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity, and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever "Pan-Canadian Partnership" recital tour recital tour by Jeunesses Musicales, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. As a result, they will tour to over 50 different Canadian cities as part of the 2019-2020 season.  

meagan&amy's debut album, Roots, was released in September 2019 with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Other recent highlights for the duo include recitals at Ottawa Chamberfest and the Festival International de Lanaudière as well as a national broadcast of their complete recital on CBC's In Concert in 2018. They are regularly featured on other CBC Music programs such as Tempo with Julie Nesrallah and Backstage with Ben Heppner.

Their collaborative musicianship combined with their very accessible, yet audacious repertoire made an immediate impression
— Danièle Leblanc, Executive and Artistic Director of Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Le duo canadien meagan&amy, composé de la violoniste Amy Hillis et de la pianiste Meagan Milatz, sont toutes deux passionnées par une pratique musicale intrépide et novatrice. meagan&amy ont débuté leur collaboration en 2011 à l’École de musique Schulich de l’Université McGill et se sont produites régulièrement auprès du public canadien. Célébrées pour leur énergie, leur sensibilité et leur maturité musicale, elles ont joué, entre autres, au Festival de Lanaudière en juillet 2018 et ont été invitées à l’émission « In Concert » de CBC Music à l’automne 2018.

Originaires de la Saskatchewan, meagan&amy sont aujourd’hui basées à Montréal. Leurs représentations « à la maison » dans les Prairies continuent d’avoir une importance particulière pour elles. Leurs forces individuelles — la maîtrise du pianoforte de Milatz et les aptitudes de Hillis pour la musique contemporaine — se combinent pour informer le large éventail de répertoire qu’elles présentent.

Check out the official Press Release for meagan&amy's "Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Partnership" Tour, 2019-2020.


More background on who we are...

meagan&amy began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and have since performed regularly for audiences in eastern and western Canada. With the generous support of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada AIDA fund, meagan&amy studied Québécois and French repertoire in December 2017 as part of a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The duo was also in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute during the summer of 2019. As individual artists, they are both winners of the McGill Concerto Competition and the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award.

Both hailing from Saskatchewan, meagan&amy are currently active as a duo based in Montreal, presenting recitals in venues such as Pollack Hall, Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur and Redpath Hall. Performances "back home" continue to be of special importance to them. Saskatchewan highlights have included a duo recital as part of the Regina Musical Club Concert Series in January 2015 as winners of the Regina Musical Club Recital Competition. Their individual strengths - Milatz's proficiency on the fortepiano and Hillis's aptitudes for contemporary music - have combined to inform the wide range of repertoire which they present.

Pianist Meagan Milatz has appeared as soloist with several Canadian orchestras including the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. She was the first-prize winner in various competitions including the 2014 Shean Piano Competition, the 2014 McGill Classical Concerto Competition, the 2011 CFMTA National Piano Competition, and the Canadian Music Competition.

Equally passionate as a collaborative pianist, Milatz has appeared in concert with Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; violinist Jinjoo Cho; and as guest pianist with Trio Saint-Laurent. She has also performed with top musicians from l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal including concertmaster Andrew Wan, associate principal cellist Anna Burden, and principal clarinetist Todd Cope.

Milatz began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander, and holds a Master's degree from McGill University where she studied modern piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She subsequently spent a year studying collaborative piano with Philip Chiu. She has participated in summer music programs such as the renowned Kneisel Hall Young Artist Program, the Banff Centre, and Morningside Music Bridge. Milatz was the recipient of a 2017 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.