Biography

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Reviewed as “a tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio 2), Dr. Réa Beaumont has garnered international critical acclaim for her recordings that have been broadcast in 13 countries, including BBC Radio 3.  

Beaumont has performed as a soloist in the Canadian Opera Company’s “Piano Virtuoso Series,” at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, Nuit Blanche, Opera House (Italy), Pro Musica, “Sonic Boom” Festival, CONTACT Contemporary Music, mainstage at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square and more.  She has worked with esteemed Canadain composers such as Order of Canada recipients Anton Kuerti, Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, and most recently R. Murray Schafer to premiere over 50 compositions, including pieces commissioned on her behalf by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Soon she will be premiering a newly commissioned work by TSO Affiliate Composer and JUNO Nominee Jordan Pal.

Beaumont is an active chamber musician who has collaborated with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic and Esprit Orchestra.  As a conductor she has led choral and orchestral ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony, and premiered works as a guest conductor of multiple new music ensembles.

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Composer Barbara Pentland was nominated for an international award and she was named “a world authority” (CBC Radio 2) in the field.  Beaumont has lectured internationally at universities and music conservatories, including her well-known lecture-recitals Worlds Apart and From Studio to Stage that first presented in 2013 and 2011, respectively.  Her publications appear in American Music TeacherClavier Companion, La Scena (Montréal) and The WholeNote (Toronto’s Classical & Jazz Magazine).  A versatile composer, her works are performed internationally and reviewed as demonstrating “compositional prowess” (The WholeNote).

Dr. Beaumont earned a DMA, MMus, MusBacEd (Hons), ArtDipMus and ARCT Dip at the University of Toronto (scholarship recipient), University of British Columbia (University Graduate Fellowship Recipient), The Banff Centre for the Arts,  Eastman School of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Her esteemed piano coaches included Anton Kuerti, Marc Durand, Robert G. Rogers, Robert Silverman, Marek Jablonski and Menahem Pressler. 

Beaumont has received awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council (Chalmers Arts Fellowship), FACTOR, The Canada Council, SOCAN, and the British Columbia Arts Council.  

   © 2017 Dr. Réa Beaumont
Toronto Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Scholar

 
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