The Master Piano Recital Series is the region’s uniquely dedicated solo piano series. Founded in 2013 by Ottawa-based music presenter Roland Graham, a concert pianist, teacher and conductor, the series showcases the best and brightest piano talent from Canada and abroad to audiences in the Nation’s Capital.
The MPRS has presented twenty concerts to date, featuring an impressive line-up of artists that include Serhiy Salov, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, George Li, David Jalbert and Dang Thai Son. Keeping the bar high as ever, the 2017/18 season features another great line-up of artists, among them Sofya Gulyak, Gold Medalist, 2009 Leeds International Competition, Richard Raymond, Gold Medalist, 1992 Montreal International Music Competition, and protégé Eric Lu, 4th-prize, 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition.
Based in Southminster United Church on the bank of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, the MPRS presents concerts in a beautiful venue, profiting from very flattering natural acoustics. A historic Heintzman 9’ concert grand piano, manufactured a century ago and fully restored by Pianos Bolduc in 2015, serves the discerning artists who play it.
Believing that beauty inspires prosperity, the MPRS commitment to offer affordable programming of the highest quality to the community has been hailed for “filling a necessary niche” in the city (Ottawa Citizen). Join a discerning fan base of seasoned classical music fans and neophytes and be dazzled by what you hear.
As Director of Music at Southminster United Church, Roland Graham leads the Sunday morning choir, and produces the popular Doors open for music at Southminster (DOFMS) weekly noon hour concert series. In addition to the MPRS, he is also the Artistic Director of the new Rideau Chorale, formerly the Ottawa Folklore Centre choir.
He has been heard as a pianist on CBC Radio 2 and has had compositions performed in Canada and abroad, most notably his Canticles for the Evening Service which were premiered at Canterbury Cathedral, in the UK.
During the course of his studies, Roland Graham won several grants and fellowships, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant, which supported him in studying memory and performance techniques in the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He holds a Master’s Degree in music interpretation from the Université de Montréal.
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