Featured soloist at our May 13, 2018 concert From Rags to Riches, “…pianist Catherine Wilson, the pride of Canada…” (Burlington Standard Press, U.S.A.) is one of Canada’s most interesting and innovative concert pianists and recording artists. She has been repeatedly honoured for her exceptional artistry, sensitive musicality and imaginative programming which ranges from classical to ragtime, Latin to jazz and related popular styles. She is the pianist/artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Vivant, (“Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure”, Toronto Star). A pioneer among piano chamber ensembles, the group’s recordings are heard on radio around the world. Catherine debuted at Carnegie Hall as the invited soloist with the New York Pops. Her performance of Leroy Anderson’s Piano Concerto with the Toronto Symphony was filmed by PBS and appears in the documentary on Anderson’s life, Once Upon a Sleigh Ride. She has performed for several heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II. Catherine is the founder/artistic director of Euterpe, a long-standing non-profit charity whose mandate is to foster a love of great music among our youth. Euterpe’s many initiatives include providing high caliber interactive performances of classical and jazz styles to children and others who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to these enriching experiences. Catherine’s research on Music and Healing for which she received her PhD, support Euterpe’s initiatives, and these important initiatives are endorsed by the scientific community.
“Catherine Wilson is a wonderful amalgam of talents. She is a virtuoso pianist combing ample technical fire power with the refinement and grace required in an all-round consummate performer. No matter the genre, there is magic in Catherine’s music making.” (Rick Wilkins, CM)