Rea Beaumont is an internationally recognized concert pianist and composer known for her powerful performances and “beautiful” albums (American Public Media) that have been broadcast in 15 countries. Her compositions are reviewed as exhibiting "compositional prowess" (The WholeNote, Toronto) and highlight important global issues, in particular climate change.
Recipient of the SOCAN Foundation / MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music and "a world authority" in Canadian music and culture (CBC Radio), Beaumont has premiered over 70 works, including collaborations with eminent composers such as R. Murray Schafer. Beaumont's book "Composer Barbara Pentland: The Music and the Message" examines the life and works of the 20C composer and was a finalist for an IAWM Award.
Having studied at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, RCM, Eastman, and The Banff Centre, Beaumont earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Hon), Artist Diploma and ARCT Diploma. She studied composition with Gustav Ciamaga, Edward Laufer, John Hawkins, Phil Nimmons, Dr. Samuel Dolin, while her esteemed piano coaches included Robert G. Rogers, Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, and Dr. Robert Silverman. Previously Faculty at the University of British Columbia, Beaumont is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.
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