Geoffrey Conquer - piano

B.Mus, M. Mus in Piano Performance, McGill University

Geoffrey Conquer was born in Toronto in 1990 into a musical family and began piano lessons at the age of six. After studying with Svetlana Gojevic for ten years, he received the A.R.C.T Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. Following this, he studied at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University for eight years with the legendary Georgian pianist and pupil of Emil Gilels, Professor Marina Mdivani. Currently, Geoffrey is a fellow in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Glenn Gould School studying with James Anagnoson. He has been praised for having, “obviously received the secrets of the great pianistic technique that produced Gilels... The sonority is massive and at the same time, always clear, musicality is always there, and rubato used wisely” (French translation, La Presse).

Geoffrey Conquer is a two-time First Prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, a Second Prize winner at the 2014 and 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Germany, and a Laureate of the Canadian Music Competition. Among the numerous scholarships he has been awarded from McGill University are the Mary Feher Prize, two Graduate Excellence Fellowships, and the prestigious Schulich Scholarship. Geoffrey is a grateful recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Williamson Foundation for Music. He has worked in master classes with the renowned pianists and pedagogues Daniel Pollack, Lily Dorfman, and Boris Berman. His solo performances have been broadcast on Radio1 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and on CBC-McGill. Also an active collaborative pianist and chamber musician, he frequently works with vocalists and has performed in Germany and at the Toronto Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Institute. He has had the good fortune to be coached by Michael McMahon, Dr. Julia Gavrilova, Kyoko Hashimoto, Joanne Kolomyjec, and by members of the Dover Quartet, Parker Quartet, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

As a teacher, he has taught as a Course Lecturer in Musicianship and Keyboard Proficiency at McGill University for four years. His piano students in Montreal received High Distinction in their McGill Conservatory exams and have even been accepted to McGill University’s Schulich School of Music for the Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance and Faculty programs. He enjoys teaching people of all ages and levels and loves sharing his passion for music and piano playing with his students. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and running.
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