Piano Recitals from KWCMS


  1. -You won’t find a piano series of this calibre in any cities of comparable size, we suspect. All of these outstanding artists have major reputations to their credit, and among them are splendidly diverse. If you enjoy the sound of a fine piano in the hands of a major artist, you’ll want to keep us in mind.

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  3. -We have one of the area’s very finest Steinway pianos - indeed, one of the finest you’ll hear anywhere. An 1887 New York ‘B’ (perfect size for our diminutive Music Room), it has been praised by our pianists ever since it arrived from its New York home in 1989.

See the CD page for many recordings using this piano.

- email us - kwcms@yahoo.ca

All at 8:00 [exc. Oct 23, 3:00] at KWCMS Music Room - 57 Young St.W. 

See the rest of our Website: Concerts, Season Quick-View, and more... Much fuller bios of our pianists

$35 (students $20)

May 24: Ishay Shaer (Israel)

Mr. Shaer is new to us in this concert. Considered one of the leading Israeli pianists of his generation, Ishay Shaer has performed in numerous concerts throughout the world and has won both national and international prizes. Among other venues, he has given recitals and concerto performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, UK; Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Poland; deSingel Antwerp, Belgium; Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals, Puerto Rico; Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago in the USA; and Teatro Solis, Uruguay.

Program: Jean Coulthard: Image Astrale; Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 959; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

$30 (students $20)

Piano Series Price:

$210 (students $150)

2017-18 piano concerts:

June 1: Luke Welch (Mississauga/Holland)

Canadian pianist Luke Welch was born and grew up in  Mississauga, Ontario. He played his first public performance at age seven.

He has received national and international awards and grants based in both North America and Europe, including sponsorship from FACTOR/Government of Canada for this 2016-17 season.  In addition to his performance commitments and private teaching, he has been based in the Netherlands and working with a number of national and international academies and arts institutions.  His musical endeavors this year will include performances in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England, and a debut visit to South Africa. 


Scarlatti - Sonatas L. 23, 349, 118, 449
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 26
Chopin: Nocturne, op. 48 no. 1
Oscar Morawetz - Scherzo
Schumann - Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

$30 (students $20)

June 21: Keenan Reimer-Watts (Local/WLU/Ottawa)

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied piano under Heather Taves, and composition under Glenn Buhr and Linda Caitlin Smith. Keenan has experience playing from the concert halls on the East Coast, to the Café’s in Guelph, Ontario, and has collaborated and performed with musicians of all types. He has premiered more new music than he can remember. Active as a composer, he has written for ensembles from piano to orchestra, and frequently performs his music. He has self-produced 4 albums, including children’s piano music, poetry, synthesizer improvisations, and piano/soundscape music, sampling from all over the world. Recently he has taken up fiddle and loves Cape Breton fiddle music, and Oliver Schroer.

Program: Variations for the 21st century, after the Goldbergs' (2016)
1 hour in length, without repeats - a set of variations modeled after the Goldberg Variations, that is, an Aria begins the piece, and the 30 variations following are variations on the bass line of that aria. 
Admission by Donation
suggested: $20 (students $10) - or more, of course!

Receipts for all donations of $20 or more.

July 8: Penny Johnson (Sault Ste. Marie/Mississauga)

Canadian pianist, Penny Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Best known for her interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach, solo recitals have included the complete Inventions & Sinfonias, Goldberg Variations and Art of Fugue.  In 2013, she was a semi-finalist at the 8th International J. S. Bach Piano Competition held in Würzburg, Germany, and her passion for the music of Bach has also led her to participate in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she was a recipient of a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts.  
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Penny currently resides in Mississauga where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.   In demand as a coach and clinician, her workshop, “From the Pianist’s Toolbox: Techniques for Effectively Practicing the Music of J. S. Bach” has been presented at various branches of ORMTA.  

“Bach: Polyphony Through Time”
The Two-Part Inventions #1-15 BWV 772-786
The Three-Part Inventions: Sinfonias #1-15 BWV 787-801
Selections from Art of Fugue BWV 1080: Contrapunctus #1-4, 5, 9 & 14 (“Unfinished” - Completed by Penny Johnson)

$30 (students $20)

July 20: Shoshana Telner (Ancaster)

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad.  Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances.  She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music.   

Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival.  She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition.  Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015). 

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837): 24 Grande Etudes                                                Brahms: Waltzes, Op. 39
Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues in e and Db

$30 (st $20)

September 17: Mauro Bertoli (Italy/Ottawa)

Our first pianist of the autumn season is no new-comer to the Music Room! This Italian star has performed a solo concert and in several duos, including  complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas cycle, since first appearing here.

"....dazzled by (the) up-and-coming pianist ...with absolutely flawless technique and deep musicality...Here is a newcomer to watch out for." - John Terauds, Toronto Star

“In the world of classical music, Italy has long been known for producing famous singers and conductors. For some reason, though, the list of renowned Italian pianists is considerably shorter

— Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maurizio Pollini are among those who come to mind. However, with the release of three CDs featuring a young artist by the name of Mauro Bertoli, that list should be immediately augmented!” - Richard Haskell, The Whole Note

Welcome back, Mauro!

Program tba

$35 (st $20)

October 17 and 19: Marc Toth (Canada/Germany)

With these two concerts, Marc begins his long-anticipated complete series of the Beethoven Sonatas, which he has been performing in Europe and Canada for several years. Marc’s several previous performances in our Music Room were hits with our audiences - impressed not only with his virtuosity but also his unique style and witty presentation.

Coordinating with his busy teaching and concert schedule (he is now professor of piano at Frankfurt, Germany) has not been easy! (And too, we couldn’t begin until awhile after Till Fellner’s Beethoven cycle!) We are glad to at last be able to bring him back to our concerts.

detailed schedule of the Beethoven Sonatas, by and by .....

each concert: $30 (students $20)

October 29 and April 7:

Till Fellner  (Austria)

Schubert: two programs

This world-renowned pianist - foremost pupil of the great Alfred Brendel - has been a great friend of KWCMS since 2006. He is treasured here for his great Beethoven Sonata cycle, and wonderful performances of Bach (he has made one of the greatest recordings of Book I of the WTK), Schumann, and more. To hear him is to be transfixed!

$40 (students $25)

More of our FIFTEEN solo pianist will be added to this list ere long.

The rest, in brief:

November 9: Agnes Wan (China/U.S.)

December 3: Raffi Bestalyan (Armenia/U.S.)

January 18: Andre LaPlante (Canada)

February 11: David Jalbert (Canada)

March 14: Heidi Wall (Canada)

April 7: Till Fellner II

April 28: Robert Silverman (Canada)

May 11: Ilya Poletaev (Canada)