Aggressive yet introspective, an award-winning and critically acclaimed pianist whose unyielding original compositions and improvisations demonstrate an unpredictable meld of musical styles. These are instrumental pieces without words that tell deeply personal stories. Influenced by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Bartók, Zappa, Rush, Miles Davis, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, metal, Tori Amos and more. Delve deeper...
I’m wrapping up a week of visiting Renfrew, Ontario where I’ve been adjudicating at their local music festival and where I also performed a solo piano recital this past Tuesday. Like most towns in Canada, the people here are most kind and appreciative of so-called experts like me working with their local piano kids and […]
What the Classical Music Establishment Needs to Do in order to Survive… Lately, anytime I peruse my newsfeed on Facebook and Twitter, I’m bombarded with friends sharing articles and op-eds about the decline of classical music…’5 things orchestras need to do bolster audiences’, etc. Usually the solutions of the so-called experts are to have concerts […]
This past easter weekend, I celebrated my 41st birthday. It was great to have that fall on the long weekend so Lisa and I could have my parents visit us from Ottawa for the first time in the new condo. This visit was nice and special like most of our visits since we don’t get […]
Sorry folks, but Frank isn’t available to write his weekly blog post. His eyeballs are up to his eardrums in preparing the score for the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra‘s May 9th premiere of his clarinet concerto in Toronto with the wonderful Michael Westwood. Frank lost time this week taking care of me when I was […]
This weekend, I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of the release of my album, A Little Dark Music, and my composition, Earth Hour. On that same Earth Hour night 5 years ago, I also started the Green Keys Tour, a 63-city solo piano concert tour promoting eco-friendly behaviour. These “concerts in the dark” were a great […]