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Chris Foley

Chris Foley
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music
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Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts (Eastman School of Music), Bachelor of Music (University of British Columbia), ARCT (The Royal Conservatory) Christopher Foley is a pianist dedicated to the fields of teaching, chamber music, art song, opera, and contemporary music. At the Eastman School of Music, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1994, majoring in piano accompanying and chamber music as a student of Jean Barr and David Burge. Other notable studies include Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and Holland Music Sessions. He is a former teacher at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

In 1989 at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the Performance of Contemporary Music, he won first prize for the performance of the commissioned work (Walter Buczinski's Mosaics) and third prize overall. In 1991, he won first prize in piano at the Kneisel Competition for the Performance of German Lieder in Rochester, New York.

Christopher is the vice president of the Ontario chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a member of the Toronto Musicians’ Association. He is also a resident pianist for the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Tapestry New Opera Works, and has appeared with Continuum, Vancouver New Music Ensemble, Eastman Musica Nova, and Eastman Intermusica. Christopher has been a Royal Conservatory faculty member since 2003.