An Evening In With…Samuel Deason
Hastings International Piano presents a series of online short concerts.
In these times when the livelihood of our musicians is at risk, we are launching this series to support the careers of our prizewinners and will be paying them a performance fee.
Join us on Friday 10th July for An Evening In With… the 2016 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Samuel Deason.
F. Chopin- Polonaise in E flat Minor, Op.26 No.2
J. Brahms- Rhapsody in E flat Major, Op.119 No.4
J. Brahms- Scherzo in E flat Minor, Op.4
Canadian pianist, Samuel Deason has distinguished himself as a fearless and versatile musician having made his concerto debut in Toronto performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 under maestro Peter Oundjian as the first concerto performance in Koerner Hall’s inaugural season in Toronto.
Recent prizewinner in the Aram Khachaturian International Piano Competition, Samuel took first prize in the Lyell Gustin Piano Competition, The Gordon Wallis Piano Competition and the Florence Bowes Piano Competition. Samuel also garnished awards in the TSO National Piano Competition, the Shean Piano Competition, the Wideman Piano Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO Concerto Competition where he received the distinction of “best pianist”. Samuel was a finalist of the 2013 Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy and a prizewinner of the 2016 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in England.
Samuel’s recent engagements include performances in the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s Spirits of the House as part of Koerner Hall’s opening ceremony, Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Indiana University’s AdHoc Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals for the Pianoforte Festival in Kelowna, the Oakville Fazioli Concert Series, and the FBC Bloomfield Concert Series.
In the 13/14 season he made concerto debuts with the Saskatoon and Regina symphony orchestras, recorded a CD with the University of Regina label, and performed Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for the Master Piano Recital Series in Ottawa.
Samuel has performed at music festivals in Banff, Orford, Gijon, and Toronto, having sought the wisdom of Arie Vardi, Julian Martin, John Perry, John O’Conor, André Laplante, James Anagnoson, Ursula Oppens, and Anton Kuerti in masterclasses. He has studied with Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher at the Glenn Gould School, and Robert McDonald at the Banff Centre.
Born in 1988 in Saskatoon, he now resides in Indiana, learning under such teachers as the legendary Menahem Pressler.