Celebrating World Piano Day

It's March 29 - the 88th day of the year - and we're celebrating World Piano Day!

Throughout this past academic year, our incredible piano students, faculty, collaborators and guest artists have persevered, and continued to safely make music together.

Please enjoy the following selections of piano performance - from our award-winning students to our outstanding world-class faculty - and a few facts about Piano at Western. 

We are also thrilled to announce the distinguished 2022 Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass guest artist - Louise Bessette - who will be at Western October 21-22, 2022.

Piano and piano studies at Western: By the numbers

Piano performances 2021-22

Ravel's Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs), performed by Stéphan Sylvestre

Satie's Parade, arrangement for piano duet, performed by Leslie Kinton and Brett Kingsbury

Ravel's La Valse, transcription for piano duo, performed by Dean Michael Kim and Kyung Kim

Faure's Clair de lune Op 46 No 2 and Szulc's Dix Mélodies sur des poésies de Verlaine, Op. 83 Mvt No. 1: Clair de Lune, performed by Bethany Hörst, soprano, and Angela Park, piano

Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition 2022 winner Lianna Grace performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 op. 73 "Emperor": Allegro (first half)

Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition 2020 winner Terrence Wu on his experiences performing with the Western University Symphony Orchestra. (March 2021)

Fred Pattison Piano Competition 2022 winner Songlee Kim performing Scriabin's Sonata no.2 in G sharp minor op.19 Andante

Piano studies at Western by the numbers

Piano students
101 (undergraduate, graduate, and diploma)

Keyboard faculty (including early music and organ)

Facilities - Piano facts and figures
Pianos are at the heart of any music faculty and are essential to performance, research, teaching, and composition.

Piano division
Learn more about piano studies at Western, including student competitions - Fred Pattison Piano Award Competition and Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition.

Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass series
Established in 2009, the Parsons and Poole Concert and Masterclass was created by alumni to honour Margaret Parsons and Clifford Poole, and to bring world-class musicianship to Western.

Average number of hours for all one-on-one piano and collaborative piano lessons per week

Student solo and chamber event recitals, guest artist and faculty concerts with piano planned this year