The 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (piano) has just announced the names of the six pianists who will compete in the 2013 semi-finals in May.
Among them are Edward Enman, of Halifax, who will compete Mar. 22 performing Die Fledermaus Johan Strauss II at 8 p.m. and Mar. 23 at 3 p.m. at Acadia University’s Singing Theatre Production Ensemble, Denton Hall.
Enman’s musical originality is gaining him a reputation as a leader in the contemporary music landscape. A recipient of the Zoya Solod Scholarship in piano at the University of Ottawa (MMus), and a University Scholar at Acadia University (BM), he is currently studying with acclaimed pianist David Jalbert. Further instruction with pianists Jean-Paul Sévilla, Andrew Tunis, André Laplante and Amy Lin has increased his passion in performing some of the most difficult repertory for the piano. Recent engagements include work with Canadian pianists Maneli Pirzadeh, Janina Fialkowska and Anton Kuerti.
As a chamber musician and collaborator, Enman is in increasingly high demand through his work with Laurence Ewashko (Opera Lyra, Vienna Boys Choir) and Duain Wolfe (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He served as répétiteur in the 2012 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the University of Ottawa and will be active in the same position for Acadia University’s production of Die Fledermaus this spring.
Enman’s award-winning choral compositions have been widely received and performed by several of the best choirs in Canada. At the age of 17, he won the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composers’ Competition. He has had his works performed by the Canadian Chamber Choir, Capital Chamber Choir and the Halifax Camerata Singers as the winner of the ensemble’s 2011 composition competition. In the spring, he will be working with the Da Capo Chamber choir as part of their young composer’s program.