Biography

Reviewed as a “tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio 2) Dr. Réa Beaumont is one of Canada’s leading pianists whose compelling interpretations are delivered with a rich palette of tone color, powerful technical command and depth of artistry.  

Often reviewed as “beautiful” (American Public Media), Réa Beaumont’s 
performances and recordings have been broadcast in Canada, the United States (MPR, WXQR, WNYC), France, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands (Radio Amsterdam), Belgium, Israel, Indonesia, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand), Australia (ABC), and Great Britain (BBC).

Beaumont has performed as a soloist in the Canadian Opera Company’s “Piano Virtuoso Series,” the Canadian Broadcasting Centre’s Glenn Gould Studio (CBC), Calgary’s Rozsa Centre, Nuit Blanche, Opera House (Italy), Pro Musica, “Sonic Boom” Festival, CONTACT Contemporary Music, mainstage at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square and was a finalist in the CBC Performance Competition.  She has collaborated with many esteemed composers such as R. Murray Schafer (recipient of 6 honorary doctorates) to premiere 60 compositions, including pieces commissioned for her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Her own works have been premiered in Hungary, Italy, Australia, and Indonesia.  

Beaumont at Dundas Square, Toronto

With the publication of her book on post-war serial composer Barbara Pentland, Beaumont was named “a world authority” (CBC Radio 2) in the field.  In addition to her music reviews for The WholeNote (Toronto’s classical music magazine), Beaumont's academic and pedagogical articles appear in American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion and La Scena (Montréal) and publications by the National Arts Centre and Canadian Opera Company.

Studying at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Royal Conservatory of Music, Banff Centre for the Arts and Eastman School of Music, Beaumont earned a DMA in Piano and Conducting, MMus, MusBacEd (Hons), ArtDipMus, and ARCT Dip (Perf). Her  piano coaches included Anton Kuerti, Marc Durand, Robert G. Rogers, Robert Silverman, Marek Jablonski and Menahem Pressler.  

Beaumont is the recipient of awards and grants in recognition of her work, including the Ontario Arts Council’s prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship, The Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, SOCAN, and the British Columbia Arts Council Award. She has served as faculty at the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Photo credit: Matthew Fava © 2015 Réa Beaumont:  Live at Dundas Square, Toronto



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