Jarred Dunn

Jarred Dunn - photo by Bo Huang

Yamaha Artist Jarred Dunn has been described by critics as “a piano sound-colour magician” (Muzikos Barai, Vilnius), “evocative and mystical” (New York Classical Music), "technically perfect" (Belarusian First Radio) and “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Freethought Today). Mr. Dunn is featured on the 2018 CBC Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians and This is My Music. He is the First Prize and Concerto Award winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), leading to his premiere with the Lithuanian Chamber Symphony in November 2018 and a finalist/prizewinner in the 1st Jan Hofmann International Competition in Kraków. His first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was produced by Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and recorded by Audio for the Arts (Madison, WI). He has been heard on the CBC, WQXR New York, Belarus First Radio Minsk, Freethought Matters TV and Freethought Radio-Television in Madison (WI).

Mr. Dunn has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras, and his career has included invitations to perform in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Malta,The Czech Republic, England, United States, Canada, China, and Australia. He enjoys playing solo recitals, and in his repertoire are over thirty concertos. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the McGill (Montreal), Toronto Sinfonia, Torun (Poland), Niagara (St Catherine's), Etobicoke (Toronto), Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and State Radio and Television Minsk (Belarus) Orchestras.

Noted by Tonebase Piano as “a revered peagogue,” Mr. Dunn has given lectures, workshops and master classes at the University of Puget Sound (Seattle), MTNA Seattle, Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Chopin University of Music (Białystok), Queen’s University (Kingston), Vilnius Academy Pre-College (Lithuania), International School of Music in Sydney, and Ravenswood School in Sydney (Australia). His articles have been published in the Canadian Music Educators’ Journal and Canadian Music Teacher. Of special importance to him was research at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and music during the Holocaust, culminating in an article about Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (former cellist of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra).

Mr. Dunn has adjudicated in competitions including the Lithuanian Chopin, CFMTA National, Burlington, Davenport, Peel, North York, Rockland, and the Discover Canada National Research Competition in Poland. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Retired Teachers of Ontario and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award (BM, BEd). He took professional studies The Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and continued his studies with Dorothy Taubman. He graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied with Prof. Anna Górecka (MM, Post-Grad Dip) and completed his Artist Diploma at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music, in the piano class of Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.

Megumi Masaki

Megumi Masaki - photo by Robert Hechler

Megumi Masaki is a pianist, multimedia performing artist, educator and curator. She is recognized as a leading interpreter of Canadian and contemporary music, and an innovator that reimagines the piano and pianist. Her work pushes boundaries of interactivity between sound, image, text and movement in multimedia works through new technologies, including hand-gesture-motion tracking to generate and control live-electronics and live-video, AI, 3D visuals, keyboard-controlled computer game, e-textile sensors and active infra-red tracking. As a Japanese-Canadian artist, her work also explores how human rights and environmental issues can intersect and be communicated through music.

Megumi is featured at major festivals and venues around the world, including recently the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival, Bangor BBC Music Festival, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Oxford University Magdalen Arts Week, St Andrews New Music Week, (UK), Shanghai New Music Festival (CN), Dark Music Days Festival Reykjavik (IS), IRCAM (FR), Sonorities Festival Belfast (IE), NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA), Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg New Music Festival, National Art Gallery Ottawa, Ottawa Chamberfest and ISCM World Music Days Vancouver (CDN).

Megumi’s long-standing collaborators include composers Keith Hamel, T. Patrick Carrabré, Nicole Lizée, Brent Lee, Bob Pritchard, Ken Steen, Douglas Finch, Ambrose Field, visual artists Sigi Torinus, Gene Gort, Chris McNamara, and choreographers Stephen Pier and Genevieve Grady. Megumi is also a member of the interdisciplinary Noiseborder Ensemble and Slingshot-Kidõ.  Forty-eight new works have been created for/together with Megumi and she has premiered over 100 works worldwide.

Megumi is Full Professor of piano at Brandon University’s School of Music and is the director of the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival. In collaboration with Knowledge Keeper Barb Blind and Michif curator Cathy Mattes, Megumi founded the Brandon University Indigenous New Music Festival. She is the Artistic Director of the annual Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and also on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Festival Italy, Chetham's International Summer School and Festival Manchester UK and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is regularly invited to give lectures and masterclasses at universities worldwide. Masaki is a devoted teacher dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of training students for the rigors inherent in music careers. Her interdisciplinary research since 2001, ‘Training Pianists as Athletes for Optimal Performance,’ has led to invitations to present at international conferences and institutions. She was recognized with the Deutsches Olympisches Institut Willi-Daume Prize and 2010 Brandon University Alumni Association's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

www.megumimasaki.com

Dale Wheeler

Dale Wheeler

After teaching piano and various courses at the post-secondary level for over thirty years Dale Wheeler is now enjoying life as an independent musician. Living in Red Deer, Alberta he teaches part-time at Burman University and maintains a small private studio. He is also a senior examiner, clinician, and consultant for The Royal Conservatory of Music and RCM Publishing. He holds the doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where his dissertation focused on the Roman-period works of Franz Liszt. He also holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Saskatchewan and Trinity College of Music, London. Dr. Wheeler has appeared as a recitalist, accompanist, adjudicator, and lecturer from coast to coast in Canada and throughout the U.S. He has presented at major conferences throughout North America and Europe, the most recent being the International Society for Music Education in Baku, Azerbaijan. His performing interests range from the core classics to out-of-the-way and new repertoire. He presented an all-Liszt recital for the Liszt Bicentenary and more recently performed several of the Bach multiple keyboard concerti along collaborating to premiere a work for three pianos. Another program included works that focused on birds – Liszt, Messiaen, Ravel, Balakirev, Rameau, Beach, and Bernstein. Dr. Wheeler particularly enjoys working with teachers young and old who are developing their own playing and pedagogical skills. For a number of years Dale was a regular columnist for Clavier magazine and has had articles published in the CFMTA Journal, American Music Teacher, and The Journal of the American Liszt Society. He has recently served as president of both the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Piano Teachers Association. In 2012 Dr. Wheeler received the Mayor’s Recognition Award for his contribution to the fine and performing arts. When not making music his interests include water and snow skiing, classic cars, touring on his Harley motorcycle, and collecting vintage piano recordings. He and his wife have twin college-age sons.