Donna Symons, Pianist
Donna Symons began her formal piano studies with Glen Geary in Vancouver and had further training with pianists Lee Kum-Sing, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Zadel Skolovsky, Michel Block, and Leonard Hokanson. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies in piano, chamber music, and pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, where she also completed her Master of Music in piano performance. Her Bachelor of Music is from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
She has recorded for CBC in Canada and PBS and NPR in the United States. As a chamber music pianist her extensive collaborations have included recitals with Joseph Gingold, and the Audubon and Purcell String Quartets, among other artists. Her participation in numerous Master Classes includes performances for acclaimed artists such as Guido Agosti, Gyorgy Sebok, Pinchas Zukerman, and Isaac Stern.
Her adjudicating has encompassed competitions and festivals in Western Canada, Southern United States, and the Mid-West, including the Bartok International Piano Competition. She has been an associate instructor at the Indiana University School of Music and a faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music.
She currently has a teaching studio in North Vancouver and is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.