Dean Emeritus, Desautels Faculty of Music
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 serving as the Dean for the Desautels Faculty of Music (2007-2018) Dawe 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.
Dawe 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.
Praised for his artistic interpretations, Dawe 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. Dawe 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.
Dawe’s work as an artist and a teacher have 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, Dawe 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.