The piano sector at the University of Ottawa provides instruction to develop the full pianistic and musical potential of its students. At the undergraduate level, pianists may choose to concentrate their studies in the areas of performance or piano pedagogy. Chamber music is an important part of the graduate piano program. A nationally and internationally renowned faculty of performers and pedagogues brings a wealth of experience to the School of Music's pianists. In addition, the School of Music presents an extensive master class series in which students are encouraged to participate. Recent visiting artists have included Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, Anton Kuerti, André Laplante, Jon Kimura Parker, Stephen Hough, Marc Durand, Louis Lortie, Angela Hewitt, Nelson Delle Vigne, Philippe Entremont and Malcolm Bilson.
Undergraduate candidates should prepare:
- a piece from the Baroque period;
- two movements from a Classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven);
- a Romantic, 20th century, or contemporary piece.
Minimum level: R.C.M.T. grade IX
Students applying to the Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) must demonstrate an advanced level of technical proficiency and performance ability.
Students applying to the combined Bachelor of Music and Science (B. Mus./B.Sc.) must demonstrate a truly exceptional level of technical proficiency and performance ability, as determined by the audition panel.
For graduate candidates, the audition should consist of around forty-five minutes of music, and must include at least three works from different style periods.