Geoffrey Conquer is a versatile and dynamic Toronto-based pianist. He was a 2016-17 Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School, a two-time first prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, the second prize winner of the 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Canadian Music Competition. Passionate for collaboration and contemporary music, he recently joined the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as the faculty collaborative pianist, premiered three art songs by Gavin Fraser with mezzo-soprano Nicole Percifield as recipients of grants from the University of Toronto and the Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared as a collaborative pianist in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2021 Violin Series publication.
Geoffrey is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto where he studies piano performance with Jamie Parker and is the recipient of the Alice and Armen Matheson Graduate Scholarship, the Marilyn Cook Graduate Scholarship, and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a M.Mus and B.Mus from McGill University where he studied with Marina Mdivani, a pupil of Emil Gilels. Through master classes, he received musical guidance from Daniel Pollack, Jacques Rouvier, Martha Argerich, Leon Fleisher, John Perry and many others. Geoffrey pursued further artistic training at The International Holland Music Sessions, Highlands Opera Studio, Cleveland Art Song Festival, The Banff Centre, soundSCAPE, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, SongFest and the Toronto Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Institute. He performed with the Toronto Children’s Chorus for three seasons
and was a touring chamber musician with Lincoln Center Stage.
Geoffrey is a faculty member at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory, group piano instructor at the University of Toronto, and maintains a private piano studio in Scarborough, ON. For more, go to www.geoffreyconquer.com.
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