The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to welcome Dr. Lisa Tahara as our Artist-in-Residence for our 2020/2021 Season.

Born in Japan and raised in Canada, the pianist Dr. Lisa Tahara first came to public attention with her concerto debut, aged 15. Critically acclaimed performances followed in venues across Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

A prizewinner at both the Canadian Music Competition and Canadian Concerto Competition, in addition to numerous other awards and scholarships internationally, Lisa has given concerts extensively both as a chamber musician and soloist.

Following a successful European debut last season performing with the Danube Symphony Orchestra (in Budapest, Hungary), the same orchestra called her a few months later to replace a suddenly injured colleague. This saw Lisa fly on only a few days’ notice to Europe and give a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto which was tremendously well received by the local press and colleagues alike.

A sought-after chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Lisa Tahara has over twenty years of experience working with instrumentalists and vocalists, in addition to choral and instrumental ensembles. She is a founding member of the Integral Ensemble (formerly the Amarok Ensemble) and twice became one of only eight pianists chosen for the internationally renowned collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre. Lisa has been invited to many chamber music festivals including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Festival Del Lago.

Her vast repertoire has seen concerto performances with orchestras across Canada, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Burnaby Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Victoria Orchestra, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, and Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra.

A devoted and passionate music educator, Dr. Lisa Tahara recently joined the faculty at the University of Toronto. She also maintains an active teaching studio and her students have been awarded many top prizes in local music festivals. Dr. Tahara’s interests in music and how it affects the quality of life for older adults inspired her to conduct keyboard classes involving improvisation at the Dunfield Retirement Residency in Toronto, Ontario, as part of her doctoral dissertation in 2013, and gives regular lectures and workshops on this subject across the country.

Lisa Tahara studied at the University of Victoria and University of Toronto, in addition to programs in Europe at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and the Wiener Musikseminar. She has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, and Andras Schiff.

Making her home in Toronto, Canada, she is a member of the College of Examiners for The Royal Conservatory of Music, whilst additionally Lisa Tahara has adjudicated for numerous exams and festivals in Canada. She loves to travel and experience different cultures, has a keen interest in photography – and all things culinary!

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