Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Dr. Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach in the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. As well, Dr. Loewen is a founding faculty artist and the current Board chair of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and is a long-time member of the faculty of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta.
DMA in Accompanying/Coaching (University of Minnesota)
M. Music in Accompanying (McGill University)
B. Music in Accompanying (Brandon University)
A member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College, Dr. Loewen has received several grants and awards, including the Rh Award for Creative Work; University of Manitoba, Creative Works Grants; University of Manitoba, and various other grants for commissioning Canadian compositions through the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council.
An extremely versatile pianist, Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists, and chamber ensembles, and is equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary idioms. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Tracy Dahl, Monica Huisman, Mel Braun, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett. She is proud to perform regularly with many of her fellow University of Manitoba faculty members. Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for more than a decade and are acclaimed for their virtuosic, musical, and electrifying performances. Loewen is also a founding member of two trios. The Galileo Trio with Kerry duWors; violin, and Mark Rudoff; cello, (“an enlightened idea” – Winnipeg Free Press), as well as Emerado with Rosemarie van der Hooft; mezzo-soprano, and Mel Braun; baritone (“true camaraderie and rapport” – Winnipeg Free Press).
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Diction Studies (French, German, Italian, English Diction)
Faculty Artist Performance Series
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Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
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