Canadian pianist Emily Hamper has earned an excellent reputation for her exceptional skills as a vocal coach and accompanist. Her international career includes opera productions and voice recitals across Canada, in Europe, Australia, and the US. Singers from her coaching studio perform with major opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Recent performances include a live broadcast for Zoomer TV (Toronto), and recitals with Phillip Addis, Michael Schade, Krisztina Szabo, and James Westman. Other performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, Classical 96.3 FM and Vermont Public Radio. In 2011 Emily was awarded the Best Collaborative Pianist Prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Voice) and accompanied the 13-city national winner’s tour. She maintains a passion for mentoring young singers and pianists, having served on the faculties of University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, Université de Montréal, Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Banff Centre. Emily is also a founding faculty member of the Stratford Vocal Academy, which runs its second season in August 2016. By invitation of renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, Emily joined the faculty of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in 2014. In addition to her work with singers, Ms. Hamper performs frequently as orchestral keyboardist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and as a chamber musician with INNERchamber (Stratford).
Emily was born in Vancouver and received her undergraduate musical training at UBC. She furthered her studies at the Opera Division at the University of Toronto, where she was hired as a staff coach upon graduation. She is an alumna of the prestigious Merola Opera Program, and in 2002 was awarded a Merola Career Grant for studies in Munich. She currently lives in Stratford, Ontario.