Ricardo Ferro, a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, has received the Governor General’s Silver Academic Medal for 2022.
The Governor General’s Silver Academic Medal is awarded to an undergraduate student who has the highest academic standing upon graduating from a bachelor’s program at a Canadian academic institution. Three Silver Medals are awarded at U of T, one to a student at each campus.
Ferro, who graduated in June with a Bachelor of Music specializing in composition, is a Venezuelan-Canadian Toronto-based composer and multi-instrumentalist. His passion for composition is embodied by his research in artificial intelligence and its use for composition and performance. He is also the head of composition studies at Sistema Toronto, a guest lecturer and researcher for the University of Toronto Faculty of Music History and Theory Department and has performed as a conductor and pianist for many North American groups including the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble. He continues to make meaningful contributions to his field as a co-founder and artistic director of the Green Room Sound Collective, a contemporary music and arts organization which gives young artists the opportunity to collaborate, create and perform dramatic and multimedia works of music.
“Above all, a good student is a complete human being.”
- Ricardo Ferro
To celebrate his achievement, Ricardo shared his five best academic practices:
To keep up with Ricardo Ferro, visit @rferromusic on Instagram.
To read more about Ricardo Ferro and The Green Room Sound Collective, visit https://greenroommusictoronto.com.
To read more about the Governor General’s Silver Academic Medal, visit https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/governor-generals-awards/governor-generals-academic-medal/governor-generals-academic-medal-directives.
Article by Britney Doopan, University of Toronto