Dr. Edmund Dawe

“Manitoba has an abundance of diverse and high quality musical activity, and Winnipeg is home to one of the highest concentrations of professional musicians in the country.  The Desautels Faculty of Music has the unique advantage of being located in one of Canada's most culturally vibrant provinces.  It is a privilege to be a part of an exceptional team of faculty and support staff offering outstanding programs and opportunities to our students.”

– Dr. Edmund Dawe, Dean

An accomplished pianist and educator, Newfoundland-born Dr. Edmund Dawe is highly regarded as a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, adjudicator, lecturer, and administrator.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2007 as Dean, Edmund was a professor of piano and also served as Head of Mount Allison University’s Department of Music in New Brunswick. Having performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, Hong Kong, and Korea, Edmund also brings to the Faculty his expertise and ongoing research in piano pedagogy and performance.

Education Edmund completed his studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (Neil van Allen, Maureen Volk), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England (James Gibb), and the University of Western Ontario (Ronald Turini). After earning a doctorate at the University of British Columbia (Robert Silverman), he continued training with Cécile Ousset in France.
Performance Highlights Praised for his artistic interpretations, Edmund has traveled extensively as a performer and speaker. He was a member of the Atlantic Arts Trio for 20 years, an ensemble that commissioned over a dozen works from some of Canada's leading composers and arrangers. Edmund continues to perform regularly, and his concert activities – as well as his research on national schools of piano performance and pedagogy – take him to various cities in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Awards and Recognition Edmund’s work as an artist and a teacher has been widely recognized, and he has received numerous awards throughout his career, including grants from the Canada Council, the Canadian Consulate General, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the New Brunswick Arts Branch, and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records. In 1996 and 2001, he was the recipient of a Paul Paré Award for excellence in teaching and performance at Mount Allison University.

An engaging speaker, Edmund is much in demand as a presenter at provincial, national, and international conferences, including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Fourth Australian National Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. A frequent adjudicator at music festivals in Canada, Edmund has also served as a judge for the Juno Awards, and was a featured author in Clavier magazine.

Ongoing Research & Creative Activity
  • History of piano performance and pedagogy, including international perspectives/schools
  • Recitals as soloist and collaborative pianist
  • Workshops, master classes, special lectures, and adjudicating
  • Professor:   piano, piano pedagogy

In the Faculty
  • Dean
  • Committee Chair: Strategic Initiatives Process, Faculty Council
  • Committee Member:
Endowment Advisory Committee
Facilities & Equipment Use Committee
Faculty Artist Performance Series Committee
Graduate Committee
Library Committee
Scholarship and Awards Committee

- B.Mus. B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Western Ontario), D.M.A. (British Columbia)
- Professor
- Dean

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Personal website: EdmundDawe.com

Room T307
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204.474.9310

Listen to the Artist

A diverse collection of recordings that span close to three centuries, Engravings and Sonatas were recorded at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Sonatas was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Best Classical album.

His discography features works by Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Scarlatti, Debussy, Copland, Prokofiev, plus many more, and can be heard regularly on CBC Radio regional and national broadcasts.

Just released:

Dialogue: Edmund Dawe and Lynn Johnson, pianists

dialogue cover

In the News:

2010: Spotlight on Alumni: Memorial University
2009: University of Manitoba Faculty News: Music is a perfect fit for Dawe
2005: Alumni Online (Mount Allison University): Dr. Edmund Dawe, Musical Motivations