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Our piano adjudicator for 2021 is: Susan de Burgh!

Susan de Burgh is a firm believer in the value of music festivals and has adjudicated many in Western Canada, including the Provincial Finals of Manitoba and Alberta. She was a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music for over twenty years, and two of her pedagogy students won the gold medal for the highest marks in BC.

Early studies were on Salt Spring Island with Doris Crofton, who sent Susan on to Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Private studies were with Frank Mannheimer in Minnesota, and at the Dartington School, England. She is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory, a Licentiate of Western Board, and a Licentiate of the London College of Music, England.

Susan has taught for many years through the Victoria Conservatory, both in the Community School and through the Camosun College Diploma Program, privately at her home studio, and now, online.

With her two-piano partner Ed LeBarron, Susan’s most recent concerto performance was of the Poulenc Double Concerto at the University of Victoria.  In Sidney, she has played all the Bach and Mozart two-piano works and Brandenberg Fifth Concerto, and was the pianist in the recent new work of Stephen Brown, ” Sally and her Motorcycle” . Also with the Sidney Classical Orchestra, Susan has played the solo Bach D Minor and F Minor, many Mozart concerti, and Beethoven’s Third Concerto.

Susan is the Artistic Director of the Victoria Conservatory Piano Academy, held yearly during the first two weeks of July.

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