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Laurie Duncan: Biography

Laurie Duncan
1956 -
Region: Prairie

Laurie Duncan

Laurie Matthew Duncan was born in Winnipeg in 1956. In the mid-late 1960s, he studied cello and theory with Dr. Peggie Sampson. He obtained his ARCM, studying piano with Phyllis Sellick at the Royal College of Music in London, England, in 1973/74. 1975 marked Duncan's first public recital as a pianist. In 1977, Duncan was the winner of the Young Artists' Competition of the Canadian Music Teachers' Association, and as a result, toured Western Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in 1977, and held the position of Teaching Assistant to Ronald Turini at the University of Western Ontario from 1979 to 1982. In 1980, Duncan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Artists' Diploma in Piano Performance, and graduated in 1985 from the University of Brandon with a Master's of Music in Piano Performance. In 1985/86, Duncan studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts (in the Winter Program), and toured with a piano trio in West Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States in 1986. In 1987, he began teaching at the Preparatory Studies Division of the School of Music, University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. Other teaching positions included a Music Master position at St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg in 1989/90; in 1991, Duncan began teaching classes in musicianship and composition in the Gifted Youth programme at the University of Manitoba.

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