Allison Wiebe Benstead
Office: MB 314
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x84320
A leading interpreter of contemporary music, pianist Allison Wiebe Benstead is a frequent performer in North America and the UK. Currently on the piano performance faculty at Western University in London, Ont., she maintains an active performing and teaching career.
As a solo pianist, she was a semi-finalist in the 24th Annual Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, and is also a frequent collaborative artist. A work on her recent chamber recording, Undercurrents was nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Allison has been praised by the Globe and Mail for “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining” programming, and by the New York Times for “methodical and mesmerizing” performances. She is currently the pianist for CONTACT contemporary music based in Toronto.
Allison holds a Master of Music in piano literature and performance, studying with James Anagnoson. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree at Brandon University in Manitoba. As a senior piano member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music, she also recorded components of the new Perspectives compact disc recordings launched by Frederick Harris Music. Allison has extensive experience adjudicating music festivals around North America.