Charles Foreman, senior piano

Pianist Charles Foreman made his debut in 1972 with the Chicago Civic Orchestra conducted by David Gilbert, playing the Brahms B-flat Concerto. Since then, he has won prizes in Canadian and U.S. piano competitions, received two Canada Council grants for study and performance in Europe, performed over 30 times with orchestras in North America (including eight repeat engagements with the Calgary Philharmonic), and played over 725 solo and chamber recitals in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.

Born near Chicago, where he was a scholarship student of Rudolf Reuter at the American Conservatory, his undergraduate degree, awarded with high distinction, is from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Abbey Simon and Joseph Battista and conducting with Julius Herford and Fiora Contino. He also holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Anton Kuerti and Katharina Wolpe. Foreman has done postgraduate work with William Aide, and also at the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon.

Professor of piano at the University of Calgary from 1973 - 2009, Foreman also served at various times as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts and as Head of the Performance Area. His students continue to win prizes in local, regional, national and international competitions. His close ties with virtually every arts organization in Alberta as well as many national and international institutions have made him sought-after as a giver of master classes and workshops, and as a juror. Most recently, he was a member of the Canada Music Competitions finals jury in Gatineau, Québec (June, 2017). He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002, and a Visiting Professor at Ambrose University in the fall of 2016. He has taught at Mount Royal University Conservatory since 2008. He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Calgary in May, 2010.

As a chamber musician, Charles Foreman has performed repeatedly with artists such as Edmond Agopian, Robert Aitken, Donald Bell, Jeremy Brown, James Campbell, Karen Cargill, Stephen Dann, Yegor Dyachkov, Anthony Elliott, Lea Foli, Andrea Hill, Phyllis Mailing, János Négyesy, Wendy Nielsen, Päivikki Nykter, Per Øien, Carol Plantamura, Gerald Stanick, Olivier Thouin, Kathleen van Mourik, Carol Wincenc, and Tanya Dusevic Witek. In 1982, he won the Canada Music Council Award for best recorded chamber music with Aitken and Øien. In addition, Foreman has appeared as both artist and host on radio and television stations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

He began a cycle of the complete works of Chopin for solo piano in the fall of 2006, and became the first Canadian pianist ever to complete the cycle in March, 2009, to sold-out houses and standing ovations. In 2001, Foreman concluded his two-year “Sounds of a Century” project, ten recitals of twentieth-century piano music, one for each decade. He completed his first cycle of the thirty-two Beethoven piano sonatas in 2005, the first such cycle played in Calgary, to packed houses and great acclaim. He is also currently Artistic Co-Director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Canada’s first summer music workshop and festival to focus primarily on art song, and of the Mountain View Connection, Calgary’s only concert series dedicated to presenting young professional classical musicians in recital. His second Beethoven solo sonata cycle, performed for the benefit of Mountain View, concluded in May, 2016. 

Position: Adjudicator
Festival: Solo/Small Ensemble (Main)