Upcoming Concert (2017)
Featured performance December 16th
PIANO and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Canadian Pianist Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including performances in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. He is also the artistic director of Festival Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec.
After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed an M.Phil. degree in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, supported generously by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada.
Currently, Carson is reading for his doctorate (D.Phil.) in music at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His research concerns the piano music of Richard Strauss. He is grateful for the support of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Foundation towards his doctoral studies.
Alongside his research on Strauss, he is working on a multi album recording project featuring Strauss’s early piano, chamber, and vocal music. The first of these albums is available on iTunes (an album of Lieder with Mezzo Soprano Wallis Giunta). He teaches the piano at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and is on faculty at the Purcell School of Music, where he teaches musicianship. He is also the Graduate Musician-in-Residence at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.
Suren Barry is well known to audiences across Canada, and his concertizing has brought him overseas as well. He has given numerous recitals at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal and has also been invited to perform at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Pontiac Enchanté in Luskville, at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and at the “Im Hayastan” Festival in Yerevan, Armenia
Suren holds a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, a Master’s in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Schulich School of Music in Montreal.