DMA students took top prizes at Shean Piano Competition
May 22, 2012 - Pianists
of the Faculty of Music's Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program swept the Shean Piano Competition held in Edmonton on May 18.
Zukiewicz, a student of Marietta Orlov, won the first prize and a future performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Tahara, a student of James Parker, Henri-Paul Sicsic and Midori Koga, took the second prize and the Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the test piece - Alexander Scriabin's Valse, Op. 38.
The 2012 Shean Piano Competition took place on May 17 and 18 in Muttart Hall at Grant MacEwan
University in Edmonton, Alberta. Zukiewicz and Tahara were among 6
finalists chosen from the 23 submitted entries to compete in the 2012
Competition. The adjudicators included David Hoyt, Chair; Jane Coop
(MusBac Perf 1972) and William Wolfram.
A native of Jawor, Poland,
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz
has performed across Europe, the United States and Canada. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC was broadcast online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In Canada, Żukiewicz has recently won the TD Canada Trust Music Competition, which took place in Elora, ON. He was also awarded the 2nd Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in Richmond, BC.
Żukiewicz holds a Masters of Music degree from Indiana University and is currently enrolled in the DMA program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, studying with Marietta Orlov. His previous teachers include: James Parker, Arnaldo Cohen, Ian Fountain, Vanessa Latarche, Dario de Rosa, Alberto Miodini and Paweł Zawadzki.
Japanese-Canadian pianist Lisa Tahara has appeared in solo and chamber concerts throughout North America and Europe. She has also performed as a concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the University of Victoria Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Music with honours in performance from the University of Toronto. Currently, Tahara is in the DMA program at the University of Toronto, studying piano performance with Jamie Parker and Henri-Paul Sicsic, and pedagogy with Midori Koga. As a recipient of the David & Martha Beach Scholarship and a two-time recipient of the Johann Strauss Scholarship, Ms. Tahara has spent three summers studying in Europe – at the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy with Andrezej Jasiński, Robert Levin and Sergio Perticaroli, and at the Wiener Musikseminar with Rudolf Kehrer. In 2007, Ms. Tahara completed a long-term residency at the Banff Centre, where she performed with the Penderecki String Quartet. She participated in the 2011 Toronto Summer Music Festival, where she shared the stage with such renowned artists Christopher Costanza and Mark Fewer. In addition to her passion for performing, Tahara is equally passionate about teaching and is a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto Children’s Pedagogy Program.