SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM
JANUARY 5, 2020
TABITHA PAYZANT, piano
Pianist Tabitha Payzant grew up in Baxter’s Harbour near Canning, and began studying piano at the age of 8 in Wolfville. From 2005 onward, she took part in the Annapolis Valley Regional Music Festival in addition to many other competitions, concerts, and events. She was first prize winner for the province of Nova Scotia in the Canadian Composition Contest in both 2009 and 2010 for Class B, 15 years of age or under.
In 2012 Payzant moved to Sackville, New Brunswick to study at Mount Allison University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree, studying with both Stephen Runge and Lynn Johnson. In New Brunswick, she performed solo piano works in a good number of masterclasses. These include Liszt’s concert etude Un Sospiro with Janina Fialkowska, and Chopin’s ’Ocean’ Etude, Op. 25, No. 12 with David Jalbert. In February of 2015, she received gold for division four in the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers Association Music Competition in Moncton. Also still in New Brunswick, Payzant presented three major recitals – the first, a duo piano recital in collaboration with pianist Hiroko Hanamura, the other two, solo recitals, in 2015 and 2016. During her time at Mount Allison, she was the recipient of many awards including the H.P. and L.G. Patterson Scholarship, the Mount Allison Outstanding Grade Point Average Scholarship, the Florence Webb Tate Prize, and the James Noel Brunton Memorial Award.
Following her BMus, Tabitha traveled to St. John’s Newfoundland to complete a Master of Music degree, with a specialty in piano performance, at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. There she studied and studies under Timothy Steeves, and has thus far completed three solo recitals and performed in a good many masterclasses including her performances of Schumann’s Carnaval op. 9 for both Raphael Lustchevsky and Patrick Cashin. After completing her MMus in piano performance in 2018, she embarked on a second MMus in piano performance/pedagogy, also under Timothy Steeves at Memorial, and hopes to proceed to doctoral studies on graduation with this second MMus in the spring of 2020.
Since 2013, Payzant has been a private piano instructor in Sackville, NB and in St. John’s, since 2017, a piano instructor in Project Grace, an after-school music program in St. John’s which offers free group and individual music lessons, open to all children (a sort of Newfoundland version of the Venezuelan El Sistema), and, since 2018, a per-course keyboard instructor at Memorial University, all positions she holds until the present.
In the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019, Payzant worked for the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, a festival co-founded in 2000 by violinist Nancy Dahn, and Payzant’s teacher, pianist Timothy Steeves, who have performed together since 1997 as Duo Concertante, known for “the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances.” In her capacity as Festival Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator, she worked closely with young and guest artists before and during the duration of the two-week festival in August of these past three years.
Program on January 5:
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849, JS Bach
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, Beethoven
Etude No. 11 in A minor, Op. 25 "Winter Wind", Chopin
Carnaval, Op. 9, Schumann
The rest of the 2019-2020 SEASON:
February 2: Eileen Walsh, clarinet, Gillian Smith, violin, Simon Docking, piano
March 1: The Ulysses String Quartet, graduate quartet-in residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York
March 15: Merkelo & Fung, trumpet and piano (Debut Atlantic)
May 3: Bouey-Doucet Duo, violin and piano