This competition has been birthed from a desire to provide opportunities for talented and advanced piano ensembles to have a platform for their performance of duets and duos. Piano students are encouraged to explore the vast repertoire of music, other than arrangements, that is available for such performances.
The Sixth North West International Piano Ensemble Competition for Piano Duet (One Piano, Four Hands) & Piano Duo (Two Pianos, Four Hands) November 2018
Many serious students of the piano have experienced the desire to play with other musicians and to enjoy the social aspect and camaraderie of music making. Piano playing, though by itself a great art with much deep satisfaction, can be lonely at times. Therefore, since the time of Mozart, piano duets and duos have been a regular creative means of engaging in music-making with someone(s) else. This competition is the only one of its kind in Canada and should be viewed as a great chance to show what can be done when two talents unite in one exhilarating performance.
This competition has been started in 2009, and has had five successful returns since then. It runs every second year, the next being in November 2018. There are two categories, based on age groups. The junior category (up to age 16) and the senior category, (age 17 to 30) have attracted very gifted pianists from several continents, and across Canada. We are proud to say that some of the past contestants have gone on to do professional careers and have performed with major orchestras and attended universities and conservatories both at home and abroad.
Our judges have been from Europe and North America and have contributed to attract great talent. The Bergmann Duo, Professor T. N. Baynov, Jeroen van Veen, Dr. Terance Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas were much appreciated for their international reputation and the high standard the placed in this competition.
Without the generous support of our sponsors, we would not be where we are today.
The NWPES is a registered non-profit organization and we rely on the support of the community to help us make the competition as successful as it is. We invite you to get involved, whether it be as a volunteer, donor, or sponsor.