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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Heather Taves

Associate Professor, Piano, Fortepiano

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2376

Office Location: A402

Personal Website:
Academic Background

BMus (McGill), MMus (Indiana), DMA (SUNY, Stony Brook)


Pianist Heather Taves ( performs in classical, contemporary, and popular idioms. Emerging first as a classical concert pianist, she was acclaimed in the classical music industry by age sixteen when she entered McGill University, and her graduation recital at age nineteen was broadcast nationwide in Canada by the CBC. In the same year, she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer, won the Grand Prize for all categories of the Quebec Music Festival, and first prizes in the CMC and the National Festival of Music with her trio, the Trio de Quebec. She also won scholarships to the Banff and Orford Arts Centres, and a Canada Council Grant to obtain her Master of Music at Indiana University. In the creative environment of Indiana University she joined the legendary piano class of Gyorgy Sebok, but simultaneously discovered her interests in jazz, world music, early music and improvisation. On graduating from Indiana, she became a concert artist based in Montreal, performing over 80 concerts a year while teaching part-time at the McGill Conservatory. At age 30, she won a major Quebec fellowship to obtain her doctorate at Stony Brook in New York. Completing her doctorate in two years, she was immediately offered a tenure-track professorship at Brock University, and four years later her current position at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, she has integrated her love of undergraduate teaching in her home country of Canada with an international performing career in diverse genres. Her own compositions have been recorded on two CDs.