Award-winning pianist Megumi Masaki is a passionate advocate of new music. She is known for her dynamic temperament, “imaginative, intelligent and sensitive” performances (Deseret News), and for the innovation of her interdisciplinary artistic activity. Her critically acclaimed performances have taken her across Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe. Megumi has worked with numerous composers including Nicole Lizée, T. Patrick Carrabré, Vincent Ho, Brent Lee, and Jorge Cordoba Valencia, as well as visual artists Sigi Torinus, Chris McNamara, and Owen Bird. She has commissioned and premiered Canadian works worldwide.
A champion of Eckhardt-Gramatté’s music, Megumi has recorded CDs of her piano works and the duo works for violin and piano with Oleg Pokhanovski, published a performance edition of the Piano Caprices, and made her film debut in “Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Works of Eckhardt-Gramatté” for CBC’s Opening Night. She is also the artistic director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.
Megumi is recorded regularly for CBC; has received numerous awards from the Canada Council, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Manitoba Arts Council, and SSHRC; and won the Willi-Daume Prize for her multidisciplinary project “Music and the Olympic Games.”
She is on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Summer Music Festival in Italy and is an associate professor of piano at Brandon University.