Edward Enman’s imaginative and sensitive musicianship has awed audiences and is gaining him a reputation as a leader in the contemporary music landscape. A current candidate in the Doctorate of Music program at l’Université de Montréal, Edward has been a recipient of the Zoya Solod Scholarship in piano at the University of Ottawa (MMus – studying with David Jalbert), and was a University Scholar at Acadia University (BMus – studying with Ronald Tomarelli). Further instruction with pianists Jean-Paul Sévilla, Andrew Tunis, André Laplante, Amy Lin, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Maneli Pirzadeh and others has increased his passion in performing a breadth of repertoire which stretches into the present day. Having a distinct passion for working with active composers and performing their works, he won 3rd prize in the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in the spring of 2013 and again competed in the semi-finals of the 39th edition of the same competition in 2016.
As a chamber musician and collaborator, Edward is in increasingly high demand. He has been engaged as a collaborative pianist at the Fountain School for the Performing Arts, Acadia University School of Music, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Laurence Ewashko (Opera Lyra, Vienna Boys Choir) and Duain Wolfe (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). His time in collaboration with Xara Choral Theatre (2012-2014) included the creation of an original work of choral theatre featuring cello and piano. He also served as répétiteur in the University of Ottawa’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2012), Acadia University’s Little Match Girl Passion (2010), Die Fledermaus (2012), The B Boys of Opera (2013), and Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (2014).
Edward’s award-winning compositions have been widely received and performed across Canada. At the age of 17 he won the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composers’ Competition and has since had his works performed by the Canadian Chamber Choir, V.C.C, Capital Chamber Choir, Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, and the Halifax Camerata Singers as the winner of the ensemble’s 2011 composition competition. In 2015, Edward was commissioned by Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble to create a piece to be premiered on their spring tour of the critically acclaimed show Fatty Legs. That same year Edward was named the winner of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s 2015 National Composition Competition with his piece Time’s Small Space. His first work for solo piano The Arrow of Time was premiered on a tour of southern Ontario in January 2016 and was subsequently performed by Edward across the country. His music is published by Lighthouse Music Publications.
Edward’s doctoral research on the Balladen of Alexander Zemlinsky was received with enthusiasm at l’Université de Montréal and will be followed up by further archival research as well as Edward’s performance of Alexander Zemlinsky’s piano works.
Currently based in Montréal, Québec, Edward is actively performing and composing while completing the Doctorate of Music in Performance at l’Université de Montréal under the guidance of Maneli Pirzadeh.