Pianist Johann Derecho is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. Johann is a winner at provincial and national competitions. He graduated this year from Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, where he enjoyed playing the piano as an accompanist for choirs and as a soloist for special occasions. He was also a trombonist for the school band. Johann also finds time to play piano as a volunteer for the elderly at local retirement residences.
At the age of five, his extraordinary gift in music became apparent as he could name notes and chords by ear after just a few sessions with his piano teacher. An examiner called him a prodigy at the age of seven. He learns music very quickly he needed only four weeks to learn a 16-minute concerto for last year’s national finals. His love for … Read More »
On May 5, 2013, Leslie Kinton will join Symphony on the Bay for a performance of W.A. Mozart:’s Concerto for Piano No. 21, K.467, the Adagio of which is familiar to many as a theme from the 1967 movie Elvira Madigan.
Leslie Kinton was born in Toronto and studied the piano with Pierre Souvairan and Boris Berlin as well as composition with Samuel Dolin. He also studied the piano in New York City with Jeaneane Dowis and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. He has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Schenkerian analysis; his dissertation was an exhaustive study of Dvořák’s Symphony # 7 with two of the world’s most renowned Schenkerian theorists, David Beach and Edward Laufer.
A well-known pedagogue, Leslie Kinton is a professor of piano performance at the University of Western Ontario.
From 1976 to the … Read More »