“Piano Six is a terrific gift to small communities. Personally, I think it is a wonderful concept and I sincerely hope the project grows.”
— Sandy Gartshore, Portage La Prairie
pIANO sIX - NEW GENERATION
BRINGING EXCEPTIONAL PIANO MUSIC TO THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS
Piano Six is a collective of six internationally renowned pianists including Anastasia Rizikov, Angela Park, Ian Parker, David Jalbert, Marika Bournaki and founding member, Daniel Wnukowski who aim to bring quality classical music to rural and remote communities in Canada.
Each pianist in the collective was selected based on their energetic, dynamic personalities and their innate passion for discussing their music alongside playing it: all have performed internationally for diverse audiences and have significant experience with outreach events. Although the Collective performs primarily classical music, each musician is well versed in a wide range of other musical genres, including pop, jazz, film, folk and traditional First Nations music. The pianists aim to pull the music apart for their audience and explore how certain components generate specific emotional responses within listeners.
How Piano Six Works
During the months of April to December, one pianist is assigned to one regional tour within a specific geographic area in Canada to be completed within two weeks. A typical visit by a pianist lasts 2-3 days and includes a concert for the community in addition to an outreach event provided by the artist at no extra cost. Depending on the community’s wishes, this could be a school concert, a master class for music students, or a workshop for piano teachers. The free workshops and masterclasses allow participants to get to know the performers on a more personal level as artists and as people.
Piano Six Supports Presenters to Your Ensure Success
The Collective works with you, the host community, to make the visit successful, for example, by renting and transporting an instrument for presenters without a piano available. It also provides each community with a presenter package along and support to effectively promote each event. Using technology and social media platforms, the Collective works to build greater engagement with communities before, during and after each event. For instance, each pianist provides a short YouTube clip presenting their thematic program in order to help host communities prepare for their arrival, while live streaming of selected events and a well-maintained Facebook fan page broadens the reach of the target audience.
Ask about bringing one of these dynamic artists to your community!
- Founder & Artistic Director - maintains an active concert career spanning 25 countries.
- Explores dance music and the subtle nuances of rhythm.
- Enjoys deep sea sailing and is a proud father of two.
- At 19, has already appeared as soloist with major orchestras in North America and Europe.
- Reflects on world cultures, including music from Russia, Germany, Iran and the US.
- If not practicing, you can find her spending hours in the kitchen perfecting a recipe or buried deep in an art museum.
- Founding member of the award-winning Ensemble "Made In Canada."
- Reproduces the sights, smells and sounds of nature through music.
- Enjoys reading, hiking and most importantly spending time with her son.
- Winner of numerous prizes and awards including the Sylva Gelber Career Grant given annually for most talented Canadian pianist.
- Explores improvisation and melodic inventiveness through the ages.
- Ian is also a gourmet cook and you'll often find him out in the local market snatching up savory fruits and cheeses.
- Recent album chosen among CBC's Top 10 of 2017.
- Captures music's potential to instantly change moods and colours.
- Tennis aficionado and trying to get over a long love affair with rock n’ roll.
- Featured in an award-winning documentary, "I am not a rock star".
- Connects 19th century piano repertoire to storytelling and poetry.
- Unashamed Reality TV enthusiast; Love a great cup of coffee and long walks anywhere.