Bryn Blackwood is a solo and collaborative pianist based in Toronto, Ontario, with a keen interest in 20th and 21st century music. As the winner of the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, he gave a Canadian recital tour, bringing contemporary Canadian music to nine cities across the country. In 2020/2021 Bryn performs in a livestreamed recital of works by Canadian composer Jacques Hétu at the Canadian Music Centre, and makes his solo debut with the Vancouver Island Symphony, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor.
In 2019 Bryn was featured on the prestigious CBC 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30 List,
and was a finalist and winner of the Paul J. Bourret Memorial Award for Best Performance of the Test Piece at the 2018 Shean Piano Competition.
A recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC award for his studies of the Russian-American piano composer Leo Ornstein, he is continuing this research while pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto. Formerly a student of the late acclaimed pedagogue Marietta Orlov, he now studies with Lydia Wong. Bryn received his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Western University and McGill University respectively.
Also a dedicated teacher, Bryn has taught at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Etobicoke, and also maintains his own private piano studio.
He operates a YouTube channel dedicated mainly to lesser-known piano repertoire, in score-video format: Amphora Rope.