ON SABBATICAL IN 2019
University of Montreal (Canada)
Praised for her sensitivity and intensity, pianist Maneli Pirzadeh is considered among the finest musicians of her generation. Her ardour and refinement have captivated the enthusiasm of both public and critics alike. Born in Iran, the Canadian pianist leads an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
Maneli Pirzadeh performs regularly in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe. She has been guest soloist with orchestras such the Montreal I Musici, the Laval Symphony Orchestra, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Appassionata and the North York Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Jean-François Rivest, Raffi Armenian, Yuli Turovsky, Stéphane Laforest, Kerry Stratton and Daniel Myccyk. She is also regularly invited to perform in a wide array of festivals such as the Lanaudière Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Summer Arts Festival, the Orford Festival, the Trestler Summer Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival at Sainte-Pétronille and the Texas Piano Festival among others.
As a recitalist, she has appeared in the Pro Musica Series at Place des Arts in Montreal, at the Glenn Gould Studio, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, at the Saskatoon Center of the Arts and at the Banff Centre. In 2006 and 2008, invited by the Canadian Embassy, she gave several concerts and master classes in various Mexican cities. Chamber musician in high demand, she has collaborated with artists such as Jutta Puchhammer, Benoit Loiselle, Susan Hoeppner, Denis Bluteau, Ted Baskin, Yegor Dyachkov, Stéphane Lévesque, Marie-Josée Lord, Jean-Sébastien Roy and the ensemble Pentaèdre among others. Maneli Pirzadeh has also performed numerous concerts recorded by CBC Radio nationwide.
She has been winner of prestigious awards such as first prize of Prix d’Europe, first prize of the International Stepping Stone and first prize of the National Festival of Music CIBC Canada. Additionally, her recording of Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No.1 with I Musici of Montreal on Chandos Records has garnered outstanding international reviews for her exceptional performance.
Maneli Pirzadeh has completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould Professional School of Music in Toronto studying with such prestigious masters as Marc Durand, André Laplante, John Perry and Leon Fleisher. In 2002, under the supervision of Marc Durand, she obtained her Doctorate from the University of Montreal. Much sought after pedagogue, she regularly gives master classes in Canada, in the United States and Mexico and has appeared on the jury of numerous competitions and festivals. Maneli is currently professor of piano and Head of the piano department at the University of Montreal and on faculty at the Orford Music Academy.