University of Saskatchewan
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Kathleen Solose







Applied Piano, Literature,
Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble with Piano.



Kathleen Solose, Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Saskatchewan, is an esteemed performer and master teacher of both the solo and chamber music repertoire. She received her earliest musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and holds degrees from the Juilliard School, New York, in addition to diplomas from prestigious European institutions. She received numerous Canada Council grants to study at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Moscow Conservatory. Her teachers have included Adele Marcus, Guido Agosti, Carlo Zecchi, Stanislav Neuhaus and Dorothy Taubman. Unanimous first-prize winner of the Casagrande International Competition in Italy and winner of CBC Canada’s National auditions for both solo and chamber music, Kathleen Solose  recorded for RAI-TV, Radio Svizzera Italiana, American Public Radio and CBC and appeared in recital and with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, the United States, and Canada, and participated in New Music ensembles in Toronto before accepting a position at the University of Saskatchewan.

An effective and experienced piano professor, her students have been successful at national and international competitions. The rich musical heritage passed down from her professors and, above all, her powerful musicality ignites and inspires her students and her audiences. In addition, her teaching is informed by a solid knowledge of performance practice of various periods as well as the Taubman approach to piano technique, which promotes effortless and natural movement at the piano to serve any musical goal. She has an extensive hands-on knowledge of the piano and chamber music repertoire. Prof. Solose has given Masterclasses at the Kansas City Conservatory (UMKC), as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the University of Szeged (Hungary).

In 2001 Kathleen Solose acquired an 1814 Viennese fortepiano in order to explore the sounds of the Classical and early Romantic literature on a unique historic instrument. In the 2005-6 season she performed all five Beethoven piano concerti and the Triple Concerto on this instrument with the Saskatoon Symphony.  She also performed a Schubert recital on an 1815 Viennese instrument by Antonio Marcus Thym at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. In 2008 Professor Solose was invited to perform at the St. Petersburg (Russia) University for Culture and Art.  Her conference lecture-recitals in Serbia, Hawaii, England and Canada have included aspects of the Debussy Etudes, Wolf/Wagner transcriptions, The Sabaneev Sonata, Prokofiev 8th Sonata and Medtner Sonata Romantica, and Apostel piano works, among others. She released a solo CD of Chopin Piano Sonatas in conjunction with CBC.

Professor Solose has founded several chamber ensembles, including the Toronto Kammertrio and Musici Amati. She has performed with major artists including Pierre Henri Xuereb, Erika Raum, the LaFayette String Quartet and Paul Marleyn, and presently is pianist and Artistic Director of the Elixir Chamber Ensemble, which presents an annual concert series. The Solose Piano Duo (with Jane Solose, Associate Professor, Kansas City Conservatory) has toured Canada, the US and Hungary to great accolades. They have recorded a CD of Liszt, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Schubert. The Solose Duo performed at the American Liszt Society Festival in Washington, DC in May, 2008 and they were invited to perform works by Rachmaninov and Stravinsky at the St. Petersburg Conservatory International Festival in October, 2008, and are planning a tour in the Spring of 2013 featuring Latin-American inspired works.

CD’s are available through Eroica Classical Recordings.

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Kathleen Solose, pianist
From the Press:

“Her virtuosity, her mastery of the fiendish difficulties (Ravel’s Scarbo) were impressive...this was high-calibre pianism!”
Badische Zeitung, Germany

“The audience was felt the sheer physical and spiritual confrontation in the transcendental variations of Beethoven’s ‘summum opus’ ”(Beethoven’s Op. 111)
Sudkurier, Germany

“Absolutely first-class...perfectly calibrated sonorities...above all, this artist posesses interpretive taste and the capacity to bring life to a work within its picturesque and aesthetic context.”
Napoli Notte, Italy

“Gave the impression that the entire keyboard was not enough to contain the turbulence of harmonies...a performance of great bravura”
La Nazione, Florence

“a fine, sensitive pianist of international calibre”
Paul Badura-Skoda, pianist


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