Dr. Rea Beaumont (RAY-ah BO-mont) is an internationally recognized pianist and composer, known for her powerful performances, innovative concert programs, and finely crafted works.  Recipient of the SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music, Beaumont has premiered many works in collaboration with renowned composers such as R. Murray Schafer, in addition to her own compositions and those commissioned for her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  

Her recordings have been chosen ‘Album of the Week’ (CBC), 'Top 5' (The New Classical FM), and streamed over 200,000 times. They often highlight important global social issues to initiate change.  Her CD A Shrinking Planet was one of the first albums to highlight the influence of globalization in new music. Creating a Landscape explores the ways in which we impact our environment. A Conversation Piece features her piano composition “Shattered Ice” that protests against environmental destruction in the Canadian Arctic.  Most recently, Awaken celebrates our post-COVID emergence and features leading violinist Christopher Verrette.

Beaumont's many publications include her book Composer Barbara Pentland: The Music and the Message that was a finalist for an international award.  Previously at the University of British Columbia, Beaumont is a faculty member at the University of Toronto.

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