88 Keys to Artistic Success

Steinway Event

On April 9th, 2017, performing musicians from the doctoral music program performed in a piano recital to raise funds for 88 Keys to Artistic Success! These talented musicians were Dr. Christina Le Rose, Dr. Bianca Baciu, Maria Protodyakonova, Dr. Yoana Kyurkchieva and Dr. Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp. 

Dr. Christina Le Rose received her Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta. Currently, she is working as a performer, private instructor and an Applied Piano Instructor at Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. 

Dr. Bianca Baciu is an active musician, presently teaching piano and piano literature at Alberta College and Grant MacEwan University. She has received many awards throughout her career as a musician, including the University of Ottawa Award for the most talented musician in Canada.

Maria Protodyakonova is currently in the Doctor of Music program at the University of Alberta. In 2013, Maria won the Edmonton Chamber Music Society Scholarship. She has also participated in several master classes with various prestigious pianists. 

Dr. Yoana Kyurkchieva also completed her Doctor of Music degree here at the University of Alberta, which she was able to do through winning the FS Chia Doctoral scholarship. Yoana currently has a piano studio here in Edmonton where she teaches full time. 

Dr. Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp is a former doctoral student as well as a former piano and vocal chamber ensemble instructor here at the U of A. Viktoria has won numerous national and international scholarships and is a recognized soloist and collaborative pianist around the world. 

Help Us Give Our Students the Best 

Your support is needed to help music students turn their passion into success beyond the traditional classroom!

At the University of Alberta it is our responsibility to provide facilities and resources for students to achieve excellence. Currently, we have two concert grand pianos available for use in Convocation Hall by undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and guest artists. 

Pianos are considered an important element of our technology in the Department of Music. The pianos are the medium through which many of our musicians are able to communicate and display their artistry and knowledge.

The instruments we use for concert performances are a Hamburg 9’ Steinway and a New York 9’ Steinway housed in the Faculty of Arts, Convocation Hall. These pianos were purchased approximately 30 and 50 years ago respectively. Although examples of excellent instruments, they are already past the average concert instrument lifespan of 32 years.

The Need for Ongoing Care and Attention

All pianos (and especially concert grand pianos) need constant care and maintenance. If not supported in this manner, performers and audiences will be disappointed. Detailed attention to the adjustment, tuning, voicing and technical needs of the instrument are required and are constant.  We are committed to this required ongoing care which enables our performers to engage at the highest level of artistic integrity.

Our current piano faculty are award winning pianists Jacques Després and Patricia Tao, both with established international reputations.

We believe students deserve the best and we are continually striving to improve our inventory of excellent instruments. It is imperative that students hone their musical talent by playing the highest standard of concert instruments available.

We are excited to announce, thanks to the leadership gifts of 2 members of a musical family here in Alberta, that we are launching a campaign to raise the funds to purchase a new Steinway Model D concert grand piano to replace one of our aging pianos and ensure that we have exceptional quality instruments available for our students, faculty and visiting performers for the next 30+ years!

We invite you to join us in this effort and help us make our goal a reality. Your donation will help the Department of Music provide our students and faculty with an instrument befitting a world class institution.