Jarred Dunn

Jarred Dunn
Department: 
Music Performance
Area(s): 
Piano
Contact Information
Email address: 
jarred.dunn [at] mcgill.ca
Group: 
Doctoral Student
Degree(s): 

BM, BEd: Univ. of Toronto. Professional Studies, The Juilliard School, with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Further studies in New York with Dorothy Taubman. M.M., Post-Grad Diploma with Distinction: Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, with Anna Górecka. Post-Graduate Artist Diploma: Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, student of Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. Further studies in Europe with Maria João-Pires, Robert Levin, Dmitri Bashkirov.

Current research: 

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: performance practices and style; Chopin edition studies

Biography: 

Yamaha Artist Jarred Dunn has been described by critics as “a piano sound-colour magician” (Muzikos Barai, Vilnius), “evocative and mystical” (New York Classical Music), "technically perfect" by Belarusian First Radio, and “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Freethought Today, Madison). He has been featured by the CBC Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians, Five Things I Learned from Maria João-Pires and This is My Music (2019). Mr. Dunn is the First Prize and Concerto Award winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), leading to his premiere with the Lithuanian Chamber Symphony in November 2018 and a finalist/prizewinner in the 1st Jan Hofmann International Competition in Kraków. His first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was produced by Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and recorded by Audio for the Arts (Madison, WI). He has been heard on the CBC, WQXR New York, Belarus First Radio Minsk, and Freethought Radio-Television in Madison (WI). Mr. Dunn has performed worldwide as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras, and his career has included invitations to perform in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Malta,The Czech Republic, England, United States, Canada, China, and Australia. He enjoys playing solo recitals, a capacity in which he performs regularly. Following an all-Chopin recital in Warsaw, one critic wrote,

Of course, the playing of the brilliant Canadian performer did not lack the “Polishness” that he had a chance to learn thoroughly from the best Polish teachers during his Master’s Studies in Katowice or later in Bydgoszcz. The “Polishness” was audible in every piece: from Nocturne in C minor op. 48 with its drama that was built by the pianist from the very first chords and the tragic ending, through Scherzo in E major op. 54, played with a great sensitivity, brilliant sound and technical mastery, to the brilliant Polonaise Fantaisie op. 61, a piece that is very complex harmonically and difficult in many aspects. Jarred Dunn showed his virtuosity, amazing sense of style, elegance and noble - but not excessive - sensitivity, passion - without being pathetic, beautiful piano and powerful forte, melodious - but not sugary - cantilena, broad phrasing and very rich, nuanced range of sounds. (Nina Sankari, The Atheist Review, Warsaw)

In his repertoire are over thirty concertos, representing his immense interest in this genre of performing. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Niagara (St Catherine's), Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and Belarus State Radio and Television (Minsk) Orchestras. In 2021, he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat Op. 19 with the Toronto Sinfonia (Maestro Nurhan Arman). In 2021, he will appear with McGill Symphony (Alexis Hauser) playing Chopin’s Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 and Toronto Sinfonia (Nurhan Arman) at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat, Op. 19.

Noted by Tonebase Piano as “a revered peagogue,” Mr. Dunn has given lectures, workshops and master classes at University of Puget Sound (Seattle), MTNA Seattle, Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Chopin University of Music (Białystok), Vilnius Academy Pre-College (Lithuania), ORMTA branches across Ontario, British Columbia Music Teachers, Yukon Music Teachers, Piano League, Tonebase Live, Collegeum Musicum Conservatory (Toronto), North York Suzuki School (Toronto), International School of Music in Sydney, and Ravenswood School in Sydney (Australia). His articles have been published in the Canadian Music Educators’ Journal and Canadian Music Teacher. Of special importance to him was research at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and music during the Holocaust, culminating in an article about Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (former cellist of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra).

He has been sought for adjudicating in competitions, most recently the CFMTA National (Online), Burlington, Davenport, Peel, North York, Stirling, Rockland, Merriam, and the Discover Canada National Research Competitions. He holds top prizes from the Grand Prize Virtuoso (London), Verona Zinetti International, D. Vincenzo Vitti, and Rome Academy Award Competitions (both in solo piano and chamber music). In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Retired Teachers of Ontario and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist graduating. He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and pedagogical achievements.

His interest in a multitude of approaches to piano playing (and observation of musical personalities) has taken him around the world. As a student, he participated in master classes and consulted with many renowned pianists and pedagogues, including Dmitry Alexeev, Edward Auer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Seymour Bernstein, Rafał Blechacz, Andrea Bonatta, Janina Fialkowska, Leslie Howard, Jenö Jandó, Robert Levin, Robert McDonald, Emile Naoumoff, John O’Conor, Choong-mo Kang, Tobias Koch, Julian Martin, Andrzej Jasiński, Seymour Lipkin, Matti Raekallio, Hartmut Sauer, Ilja Scheps, Wojcieck Świtała, Balasz Szokolay, Nelita True, among others.

Program: 

D.Mus. Performance (Piano)

Graduate supervision: 

Supervisor(s): Stéphane Lemelin, Christoph Neidhöfer

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