Bryn Blackwood, winner of the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté (E-Gré) National Music Competition, will return to Brandon to close-off his national winner’s tour as part of Brandon University’s (BU’s) Pro Series.
Blackwood is in the midst of a cross-Canada tour (from Sackville, N.B. to Vancouver) and will end his tour with a recital in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at BU’s School of Music on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Blackwood is active as a solo and collaborative pianist in Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western University, studying with James Hibbard, and Master of Music degree from McGill University, studying with Dr. Ilya Poletaev.
Blackwood won Western University’s Fred Pattison Piano Competition, and was a two-time finalist in McGill University’s Chamber Music Competition, performing with his piano trio. He was a finalist and winner of the Paul J. Bourret Memorial Award for Best Performance of the Test Piece at the 2018 Shean Piano Competition.
Blackwood was the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada award for his studies of the Russian-American piano composer Leo Ornstein. He is currently studying with Marietta Orlov at the University of Toronto, working toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts.
The E-Gré competition has been held annually at BU since 1976 and is dedicated to the creation and performance of Canadian contemporary music. Blackwood’s recital will feature the works of many Canadian composers, including Far Beyond Things Finite by Brian Current, which was commissioned for the 2019 competition.
The 2020 E-Gré Competition in Voice takes place at BU from April 17 and will feature some of Canada’s best emerging singers, with Order of Canada recipient and internationally-renowned soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as juror and in recital on April 18.
The E-Gré Competition gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, Brandon University, Westman Communications Group, the City of Brandon and many corporate and private donors.