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Dr. 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. More recently, he performed a recital tour of the Maritimes with Debut Atlantic this past fall.
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 recently published his dissertation "Dissonance Reimagined: Tone Clusters in Leo Ornstein's Early Piano Music" while completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto. Formerly a student of the late acclaimed pedagogue Marietta Orlov, he has also studied with Lydia Wong, Ilya Poletaev, and James Hibbard. Bryn received his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Western University and McGill University respectively.
Also a dedicated teacher, Bryn teaches at the Lane School of Music in Toronto, and maintains his own private piano studio. He has given masterclasses at Brandon University and Mt. Alison University.
He operates a YouTube channel dedicated mainly to lesser-known piano repertoire, in score-video format: Amphora Rope.
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