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Maggie Morrison – piano

In “Full Circle” Maggie Morrison presents pieces from her journey with music… so far.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Canadian pianist Maggie Morrison has performed and studied all over the world, but is proud to have come Full Circle and be back in Brantford, where it all began. Maggie began piano lessons at the age of four in Brantford with Virginia Blaha. She participated in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival for many years and is a prime example of a young musician nurtured by the festival system. Her first performance with orchestra was at the age of nine, with the Brant Youth Symphony Orchestra. Maggie performed for the Brantford Music Club’s Young Artists Recital in 2004 and has performed concertos with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, Maggie founded Exposure to the Arts, a Brantford-based not for profit program. Through this program, an instrument donation initiative (Play it Forward) was developed, which collected and redistributed instruments into Brantford homes which would otherwise not have them. She also established a five-day noncompetitive music festival, the Brantford Canadian Showcase, held annually at the end of November for community musicians to perform and receive feedback for their performances of Canadian composers’ music. This November will be its 5th year.
Currently, Maggie lives in Toronto, where she studies and teaches on the same piano she’s had since she was four. She is in her second year in the Doctorate program at the University of Toronto, where she is on full scholarship; she is also a Fellowship recipient. Maggie is studying with James Parker, pianist of the Gryphon Trio and one of Canada’s most well-known teachers. She is also a Collaborative Pianist at The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Maggie has studied all over the world, including programs in Italy at The Amalfi Coast Music Festival, in France at Cecile Ousset’s Piano Academy, in Banff and The Banff Centre Piano Masterclasses, in New York City at the Juilliard School and at The Cleveland Institute of Music where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree (2012) and Master’s Degree (2014).
Maggie continues to make her mark as a music festival adjudicator, critiquing students in Toronto, Peel, Oshawa-Whitby, Sault Ste. Marie and St. John’s. She was a guest lecturer at the Kiwanis International Convention last summer and looks forward to an upcoming trip to Hong Kong in February where she will be teaching for five weeks.
Maggie values the student-teacher relationship and is grateful for the guidance she has received since she was a young girl. Maggie would especially like to acknowledge Virginia Blaha, Andrew Markow and Dr. E. Gregory Butler.

“The Harp” Etude in A flat Major, Op.25, No.1 -Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Peter’s Donkey “Jenny” - Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, No.1 - Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
Hannah Martin, guest artist

The Young Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet - Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Scherzo No. 2 in b flat minor, Op.31 - F. Chopin

Nebula. (2006) - Heather Schmidt (1974)

Malaguena - Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)
Ara Cho, guest artist

                   — Intermission —

Sonata in d minor, K.1 - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Jeux d’eau - Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

L’isle joyeuse - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Preludes from Book 1 - C. Debussy
Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
Les collines d’Anacapri
Des pas sur la neige

Transmissions, for Maggie (2011) - David L. McIntyre (1950)