Ottawa_Pianist20Hey! My name is John Dapaah and I’m a pianist.

I have performed in recitals and concerts in Japan, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal, Toronto, and Graz, Austria; in recital series such as Les Grands Concerts, Cathedral Arts Series, Jugend am Klavier and L’Oasis Musicale to name a few. I made my orchestral debut with the Gatineau Conservatory Orchestra playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major, KV 488. I have also performed for dignitaries such as the former and existing Governor Generals of Canada; Michaëlle Jean and the David Johnston, and the Austrian Ambassador to Canada. My composition for string quartet was performed with choreography at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

Music has taken me on a voyage through many parts of the world.  It has brought me to reflect on a range of styles including classical, jazz and gospel piano. I began my classical piano studies with Tabuchi Masako in Muroran, Japan; where my father was completing his graduate studies. After my family relocated to Canada, I continued my studies independently. I then went on to obtain my Bachelor’s in music at Carleton University. At Carleton, I gained the opportunity to study with pianists Verna Jacobson and Nicole Presentey; as well as jazz pianists Steve Boudreau and Mark Ferguson. I pursued the final year of my undergraduate music studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Graz, Austria.  While in Graz, I studied with Dr. Eike Straub. After graduating from Carleton, I then pursued and obtained my Master’s with Marina Mdivani, pupil of Emil Gilels, at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. I was the recipient of the Marion Hewitt Memorial Scholarship and the “Bill and June Joe” fund from the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival.

I have made my solo debuts in the Cathedral Arts Series, L’Oasis Musicale, and DOFMAS Series at Southminster United Church. I am running an active studio and preparing for upcoming recitals and projects. As an avid performer in both classical and jazz, I incorporate the two along with improvisation in my recitals and concerts. I often collaborate with vocalists and musicians, inspiring me to interpret the music from another perspective.

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