Jarred Dunn

  • Instrument: Piano

Concert pianist Jarred Dunn is featured on the 2018 CBC List Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians of 2018 (CBC) and has hosted CBC’s This is My Music. He is the First Prize winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), where he also received the Special Concerto Award, leading to his premiere with he Lithuanian Chamber Symphony in November 2018, and a recital premiere (Chopin Four Scherzi). He was a finalist and prize winner at the 1sf Jan Hoffman International Piano Competition in Kraków, as well as Verona-Zinetti, Rome Premio Acadèmia, Grand Prize Virtuoso (London) and Bari-Vitti Competitions. Mr. Dunn’s first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was produced by Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and recorded by Audio for the Arts (Madison, WI). 

Mr. Dunn has been reviewed by the New York Classical Music Guides as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), "technically perfect" by Belarusian First Radio, “he has subtle, refined sound, and an impeccable technique...a piano sound-colour magician” (Muzikos Barai, Vilnius), “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Annie-Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today, Madison), and “a brave interpréter of Mozart with fresh ideas, Mr. Dunn keeps the audience’s interest with his fine technique, appealing interpretations, and intriguing presence” (Erki Pehk, OperaProms).

He has performed worldwide as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras, and his career has included invitations to perform in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Malta,The Czech Republic, England, United States, Canada, China, and Australia. He enjoys playing solo recitals, a capacity in which he performs regularly. Following a recital in Warsaw, one critic wrote,

"Of course, the playing of the brilliant Canadian performer did not lack the “Polishness” that he had a chance to learn thoroughly from the best Polish teachers during his Master’s Studies in Katowice or later in Bydgoszcz. The “Polishness” was audible in every piece: from Nocturne in C minor op. 48 with its drama that was built by the pianist from the very first chords and the tragic ending, through Scherzo in E major op. 54, played with a great sensitivity, brilliant sound and technical mastery, to the brilliant Polonaise Fantaisie op. 61, a piece that is very complex harmonically and difficult in many aspects. Jarred Dunn showed his virtuosity, amazing sense of style, elegance and noble - but not excessive - sensitivity, passion - without being pathetic, beautiful piano and powerful forte, melodious - but not sugary - cantilena, broad phrasing and very rich, nuanced range of sounds."  (Nina Sankari, The Atheist Review, Warsaw)

In his repertoire are over thirty concertos, representing his immense interest in this genre of performing. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), York (Toronto), Niagara (St Catherine's), Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and State Radio and Television Minsk (Belarus) Orchestras. He has been heard on the CBC, WQXR New York, Belarus First Radio Minsk, and Freethought Radio-Television in Madison (WI). Twice featured as a guest on Freethought Matters, Mr. Dunn recently joined Dan Barker in two episodes of the talk show, playing works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Ravel (all freethinkers).

Noted for his insight and understanding of piano technique, he has taught on Tonebase Piano (online learning platform featuring artist-teachers from around the world) where Mr. Dunn is described as “a revered pedagogue.” He has given lectures, workshops and master classes at MTNA Seattle, University of Puget Sound, Canadian Music Centre (ORMTA), Steinway Gallery, Chopin University of Music in Poland, Collegeum Musicum Conservatory (Toronto), North York Suzuki School (Toronto), International School of Music in Sydney, Ravenswood School in Sydney (Australia), and Vilnius Academy Pre-College. His articles have been published in the CMEA Journal and CFMTA Journal, on piano and pedagogical topics. Of special importance to him was research at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and music during the Holocaust, culminating in an article about Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (former cellist of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra).

He has been sought for adjudicating in competitions most recently the ORMTA Toronto, Burlington, Davenport, North York, Rockland, and the Discover Canada National Research Competition in Poland. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Ontario Federation of Teachers, and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist. He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and scholarly achievements. Piano scholar David Dubal has written, “I consider him to be an important musician, pianist, scholar, and writer within the great art of serious music.”

He is a double-graduate of the University of Toronto (B.M., Piano; B.Ed., English) and took professional studies at The Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky. While in New York, he became one of the only members of his generation to study with Dorothy Taubman. Mr. Dunn completed his Master of Music degree and Post-Graduate Diploma (with Distinction) in piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he was a student of Prof. Anna Górecka (daughter of composer HM Górecki), and pursued an Artist Diploma with Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He also participated in workshops with Maria João-Pires in Portugal, at the Granja de Belgais, about which the CBC published Five Things I Learned from Maria João-Pires. He lives in Montreal where he is pursuing a Doctorate and working as a Teaching Assistant at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

Earlier this season, Mr. Dunn performed Brahms Piano Concerto in D Minor Op. 15 with York Symphony (conductor Denis Mastromonaco). He is delighted to return to Niagara to perform Mozart’s Concerto in A, K488, with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bradley Thachuk.