Canadian Music Centre Ambassador Barbara Pritchard

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Event Title: Canadian Music Centre Ambassador Barbara Pritchard
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E. (St. Lawrence Centre)
  • Time: 8:00pm
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Canadian Music Centre Ambassador Barbara Pritchard

Tuesday January 20, 2015 at Jane Mallett Theatre
Barbara Pritchard solo piano
Co-production with Music Toronto - Concert 8:00
Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E. (St. Lawrence Centre)


Alwynne Pritchard (UK 1968) - Mesarch (1998)
Anthony Genge (Canada 1952) - History and Memory (2012)
Daryl Jamieson (Canada 1980) - mountain/cherry/blossoms (2012)
J.S. Bach (Germany 1685-1750) - Aria (2013)
Clark Ross (Venezuela/Canada 1957) - Broken Glass (1991)
Anthony Genge - Variation (1995)
W. L. Altman (Canada 1959) - Utter Variation (2005)
Jérôme Blais (Canada 1965) - Inventio (2005)
Ian Crutchley (Canada 1965) - Opening and Variations (2005)
Richard Gibson (Canada 1953) - 24 Notes… (2005)
Robert Bauer (Canada 1950) - (Dis-) Integration Variation (2011)
David Litke (Canada 1977) - Goldbird (2011)
Michael Parker (Canada 1948) - Refug(u)e (2013)
Dennis Farrell (Canada 1940) - Quodlibet and Lullaby (2004)


Barbara Pritchard lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works as a freelance pianist. Her solo career is focused on the interpretation of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. As a chamber musician and accompanist she plays Baroque sonatas, modern musical theatre numbers, and almost everything else in between. Ms Pritchard was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in British Columbia, living first in Vernon and later in Vancouver. She attended the University of British Columbia where she studied with Robert Rogers. Subsequently she attended Ljungskile Folkhögskola in Sweden, and the Banff Centre in Canada. Her time at Banff led her to graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with David Burge. In 1988 Ms Pritchard moved to Toronto where she performed with the New Music Concerts, Arraymusic and Continuum ensembles, at venues such as the Glenn Gould Studio and the Music Gallery. She also established herself as a soloist, giving recitals often recorded by the CBC for Two New Hours. She traveled to Sweden twice for solo performances and was heard in broadcast on Swedish Radio. For several years she was also a faculty member in the Banff Centre's Summer New Music Residency program.

In 1998 Barbara Pritchard moved to Halifax where she has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and concert presenter. She has often appeared in concert for her own series of solo piano recitals at Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, as well as for the schools of music at Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, Acadia University, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and l'Université de Moncton. She has played for Vocalypse and Kumquat in Halifax, and for Music at the Three Churches in Mahone Bay, NS. When not playing as a soloist, Ms Pritchard works as a studio accompanist at the Dalhousie University Department of Music, where she has also given courses in 20th century piano repertoire. In 2009 the Canadian Music Centre awarded Ms Pritchard the title of CMC Ambassador, a designation given to fifty outstanding performers and conductors for their commitment to the performance of Canadian music. Subsequent to this, in 2012, Ms Pritchard joined with composers Robert Bauer and Michael Parker to form a new music series in Halifax, Musikon. This series is dedicated to the presentation of new Canadian music in the context of the artwork on display at Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. Barbara Pritchard's first solo CD, The View From Here (Centrediscs), was released in 1998 and her second, Piano Atlantica (Centrediscs), in 2010. The final track from Piano Atlantica, Clark Ross’s Last Dance, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award: Classical Composition of the Year. In 2012 , Ms Pritchard released Toccata (Centrediscs), a CD of piano solos by Barbara Pentland, as part of a nation-wide celebration of the composer's centennial. Toccata has been nominated for a 2014 East Coast Music Award: Classical Recording of the Year.

Barbara Pritchard is a member of the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian New Music Network and the Canadian Federation of Musicians. She lives in Halifax with her husband, daughters and a couple of cats.