Dr. Edward Turgeon
Dr. Edward Turgeon has performed with noted musicians of our time including Sidney Harth, James Campbell, CheeYun, David Jolley, Ivan Chan, Keith Robinson, Michael Rusinek, Michael Webster, John Dee, Ransom Wilson and Laura Gilbert.
As a member of the piano duo “Duo Turgeon”, with his wife Anne, Edward has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, a 16-concert Russian tour and music festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, San Diego, Detroit, Santa Rosa, Toronto, Montreal, Norfolk, Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Chisinau, Miami and Kitchener. The duo is the only Canadian piano duo to have taken first prizes and numerous additional special prizes at the world’s major international duo piano competitions including the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami) and Schubert International Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic). Their performances and six CD recordings on the Vanguard Classics, Marquis Classics, Marquis/EMI, Dranoff Foundation and ClassXdiscs labels are hailed by critics, including several “top ten” lists (CBC), “Artist of the Month” (CBC Galaxy) and high ratings from classical periodicals and CD guides such as La Scena Musicale (5 out of 5 stars), “Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano”, Wholenote Magazine, Musicweb, Soundstage, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Sound Advice” (5 out of 5 stars). Upcoming recording projects include works for duet and two pianos by Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, and various Spanish composers. The Turgeons have given world premiere performances of works by Alex Pauk, Libby Larsen, Aaron Copland and John Corigliano. Noted French music critic Stephan Villemin recently named Duo Turgeon as “among the top four or five world class piano duos of our time”, and they have been included in the French book “Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano”. Their performances have been heard in radio broadcasts worldwide, including several on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”.
Turgeon is a featured pianist in the NPR television documentary “Two Pianos – One Passion”, and major North American radio stations including MPR, WPR, WQXR, WGBH, CBC Radio I and II. International broadcasts include Dutch Public Radio, radio documentaries on BBC Radio I and II and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Turgeon was recently invited to join the international roster of Steinway artists.
Turgeon appears frequently as a competition judge, most recently at the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, the Chicago Liszt 200 International Competition, Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia) Markham Music Festival, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, Hamilton Kiwanis, Premio Brazil International and the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. Upcoming adjudicating includes the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.
Dr. Turgeon’s college, conservatory and university work has included Associate Professor of Music and Artist Faculty in Collaborative Arts at the HARID Conservatory, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, Director of Collaborative arts and ensemble-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, School of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida. He is a Founding Teacher for Royal American Conservatory Examinations, the National Music Certificate Program, and the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program. Turgeon has served as senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners since 1990.
Turgeon earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto along with the Forsyth Memorial Scholarship for top graduating pianist, where he studies with Mr. James Anagnoson. After serving as Co-Ordinator of the Music Department at Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, from 1988 until 1991, he left to pursued graduate studies at Yale University School of Music, earning a Master of Music (1993), Master of Musical Arts (1994) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2000) degrees in piano performance, along with the Philip Nelson and Catherine Winchell Memorial Scholarships to “an outstanding solo piano performance major”, as well as Yale’s special prize for best chamber music ensemble. Turgeon’s piano teachers at Yale included Claude Frank, Peter Frankl and Boris Berman. Turgeon’s summer studies included a chamber music fellowship at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, masterclasses at Holland Music Sessions, chamber music studies with members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra at the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Festival in Weikersheim, Germany, and annual piano masterclass studies at Banff Centre for Music and Sound, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Additional teachers included Marek Jablonski (Banff) , Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Peter Serkin (New York).