Biography


Beaumont at Dundas Square, Toronto

Reviewed as a “tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio 2), Dr. Réa Beaumont (RAY-a  BO-mont) is one of Canada’s finest performers known for her compelling interpretations delivered with a rich palette of tone color, powerful technical command and depth of artistry.  Beaumont has garnered critical acclaim for her international solo concerts of virtuoso repertoire and “beautiful” recordings (American Public Media) that continue to be broadcast worldwide. 

Her performances include the Canadian Opera Company’s “Piano Virtuoso Series” at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Broadcasting Centre’s Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Calgary’s Rozsa Centre, Nuit Blanche, Opera House (Italy), Pro Musica, Vancouver’s Sonic Boom Festival, CONTACT Contemporary Music, and mainstage at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.  


Beaumont has collaborated with esteemed composers such as R. Murray Schafer to premiere many works, including those commissioned for her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and her own works have been reviewed as demonstrating “compositional prowess” (The WholeNote, Toronto). 

Dr Rea Beaumont pianist, composer

Studying at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Eastman School of Music, Réa Beaumont earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano and Conducting, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Hons), Artist Diploma, and ARCT Diploma (Perf). Her piano coaches included Anton Kuerti, Marc Durand, Robert G. Rogers, Robert Silverman, Marek Jablonski and Menahem Pressler, in addition to master classes with André Laplante, John O’Connor, Gilbert Kalish, and composer Thea Musgrave.  

Dr. Beaumont’s book on twentieth-century composer Barbara Pentland was a finalist in the IAWM competition and she was named “a world authority” (CBC Radio 2) in the field.  In addition to her music reviews for The WholeNote (Toronto’s classical music magazine), Beaumont's articles appear in American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, La Scena (Montréal), and publications by the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Opera Company.  

Dr. Réa Beaumont has presented master classes, lectures and workshops internationally on a range of pedagogical and musical subjects.  She has also adjudicated national music festivals.  As an instructor of intermediate to advanced students, Réa maintains a positive atmosphere while instilling high standards of performance and interpretration. Her teaching and performing careers together integrate her research in the field of injury prevention techniques that have proven particularly successful as a performer of virtuoso new music, due to the high demands of non-traditional piano writing and extended piano techniques.   

In recognition of her ongoing work and contribution to music in Canada, Dr. Beaumont has received awards and grants that include the Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, OAC Chalmers Arts Fellowship, FACTOR, and SOCAN.  She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the University of Toronto, in addition to maintaining a private piano studio. 



Photo: M. Fava © 2014 Réa Beaumont performing at Toronto's Dundas Square
Photo: M. Nelson © 2016 Réa Beaumont at Canadian Music Centre, Toronto; 

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