Sean Sutherland Piano Recital
September 24, 2022 |
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sean Sutherland, brilliant pianist and winner of the 2021 Chopin Amateur Competition in Warsaw, will present his programs for the upcoming Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition.
Fryderyk Chopin - Mazurka in f minor, Op 63 No. 2 (1810 - 1849)
Maurice Ravel - La Valse (1875 - 1937)
David Bontemps - Prelude No. 11 from 24 Preludes (born 1978)
Enrique Granados - The Maiden and the Nightingale from Goyescas (1867 - 1916)
Nikolai Kapustin - Sonata-Fantasy No. 1 in D Major, Op 39 (1937 - 2020)
Vivace - Largo - Vivace - Allegro molto
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op 26 mov 3 (1891 - 1953)
Allegro, ma non troppo
Second Pianist - Benjamin Smith
Avenue Road Music and Performance Academy (Gordon Lightfoot Concert Hall)
460 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON, M4V 2J1
- Regular - $30.00
- Student or Senior - $20.00
- Patron (Receive a $70 donation receipt) - $100
Born in St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Sean Sutherland serendipitously discovered the piano as a child and was instantly enamored. At 15, Sean was offered a scholarship to study piano at one of the Royal Schools of Music, but had to decline under strong parental directive as he had not yet completed high school. Even though his opportunities for studying piano were limited on St. Vincent, however, he resumed his studies upon his arrival at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while earning a bachelor’s degree in music, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
After working in several industries, Mr. Sutherland pursued an MBA at McGill University in Montreal. Since graduating, he has started a niche tutorial service that specializes in standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, SSAT, and GMAT) and lectured at McGill as an adjunct professor of international finance and information systems. Given his interest in education, Sean completed a master’s degree focused on Learning and Design Technologies at Stanford University in 2017. Sean subsequently moved to Toronto, where he currently works as a Product Manager.
Over the years, Sean has continued to pursue his passion for classical piano music as an amateur pianist and has performed solo recitals in the US, Canada, Germany, and throughout the Caribbean. Sean has also collaborated with many instrumentalists and singers and has a keen interest in performing classical music on the steelpan. Sean has performed Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a soloist with the National Steel (Steelpan) Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and 2014 respectively. In 2016, Sean was a semifinalist in the Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition and was invited to perform at Gasteig, the premier cultural center in Munich, Germany, in March 2017. Sean was also a finalist at the Boston Amateur Piano Competition in 2017 and the Piano Bridges Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2019. He placed second in Category A (age 40-50) at the Piano Lovers Over 40 in Milan, Italy, in 2019, and, most recently, won the 2021 Chopin Amateur Competition in Warsaw. Sean is also the joint recipient of the 2021 Anthony Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in the Arts and Letters.