Award-winning pianist Réa ("RAY-ah") Beaumont has garnered critical acclaim for her international performances and broadcasts. Known as a solo recitalist and collaborative pianist, Réa's many concerts include the Canadian Opera Company's "Piano Virtuoso Series," CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Nuit Blanche, Syrinx Concerts, Amherst Music Festival, Banff Festival, "Sonic Boom," Pro Musica, and Contact Contemporary Music.
In addition to concerts of traditional repertoire, Beaumont is a respected interpreter of new music. She has premiered fifty works in collaboration with esteemed Canadian composers that include Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Chan Ka Nin, David Ogborn, composer-pianist Anton Kuerti and more.
Beaumont's first album A Shrinking Planet (2006) was one of the first recordings to highlight cultural diversity in new music. The virtuoso collection features the CBC-commissioned work In Search Of…, written for Beaumont by Chan Ka Nin, twice JUNO Award winner for Best Classical Composition. Réa's second CD, Creating a Landscape (2009), includes a range of twentieth-century piano repertoire with several world premieres and it draws attention to ways that composers and performers shape our musical landscape.
Beaumont's newly released CD A Conversation Piece features an Impressionist set by Maurice Ravel, works by Canadian composers John Weinzweig, R. Murray Schafer and Jean Coulthard, together with Réa’s own composition.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Hons), Artist Diploma and ARCT Diploma. Formerly a university faculty member and director of contemporary ensembles, Dr. Beaumont is an experienced adjudicator, performer and composer currently affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her awards include The Canada Council, British Columbia Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, and the Government of Canada. Réa is a longstanding member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
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