”Edward's music has a very intrinsically expressive quality. It immediately grabs your attention, and manages to hold your attention with an elegant and honest musical construction that satisfies both the mind and the heart.” -Saman Shahi, composer (ICOT)
Dr. Edward Enman is a musician who thrives off of the vitality of live performance, new music creations, and the continued re-interpretation of the extensive breadth of music for the piano. His sensitive and intelligent musical approach is as equally well-suited to the works of Brahms and Beethoven as it is to the music of John Adams and Nico Muhly. Edward’s versatility as a high-caliber performer, inventive composer, and enthusiastic director has him standing out as a leader in the current music landscape.
Edward holds a Doctorate of Music from l’Université de Montréal and a Master of Music from the University of Ottawa. Further instruction with pianists David Jalbert, Jean-Paul Sévilla, Andrew Tunis, André Laplante, Amy Lin, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Maneli Pirzadeh, Ronald Tomarelli and others has increased his passion in interpreting an extensive array of music which stretches into the present. Having a distinct passion for working with active composers and performing their works, Edward won 3rd prize in the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in the spring of 2013 in addition to being a semi-finalist in 2016 and a finalist in 2019 in the same competition. His 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 and recording of Alexander Zemlinsky’s piano works.
Edward’s musical versatility and sensitive collaborative energy has seen him engaged as a pianist and music director at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Fountain School for the Performing Arts, Acadia University School of Music, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. His time in collaboration with Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble included the creation of an original work of choral theatre featuring cello and piano. He has also served as répétiteur and vocal coach in several opera productions at the University of Ottawa and Acadia University. Edward is currently a music director with the Segal Centre for Performing Arts Academy in Montréal.
“I certainly owe much of my technical skill to the music of the classical canon, but my personal style has been influenced more by the music of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, and Feist – once I acknowledged and owned this, the floodgates opened.”
Edward’s original compositions are engaging, accessible, and vulnerable while providing an emotional edginess through lushly dissonant harmonies and extended resolutions. His award-winning choral compositions have been widely received and performed. At the age of 17 he won the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composers’ Competition and has since had his works performed by, among others, the Canadian Chamber Choir, V.C.C, Capital Chamber Choir, Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, Ewashko Singers, Adleisia Chamber Choir, Xara Choral Theatre 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 contribute to the critically acclaimed show “Fatty Legs”. That same year Edward was named the winner of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s 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 new 60-minute endeavour for solo piano draws from poetic texts by Canadian authors and will be premiered on a cross-Canada tour in 2020. His music is published by Lighthouse Music Publications and Renforth Music.
Based in Montréal, Edward is a touring performer, composer, director, collaborator, and teacher.