Donna Symons began her formal piano studies with Glen Geary in Vancouver and had further training with pianists Lee Kum Sing, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Zadel Skolovsky, and Leonard Hokanson. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies in piano, chamber music and pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music where she also earned a Master of Music in piano performance. Her Bachelor of Music is from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Symons has performed in numerous Master Classes given by acclaimed artists such as Guido Agosti, Gyorgy Sebok, Pinchas Zukerman and Isaac Stern. As a chamber pianist her extensive collaborations have included recitals with Joseph Gingold, and the Audubon and Purcell String Quartets. She has recorded for CBC in Canada and PBS and NPR in the United States.
Her adjudicating has encompassed competitions and festivals in Western Canada and in the Mid-West and Southern United States, including the Bartok International Piano Competition. She has been an associate instructor at Indiana University School of Music and a faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music.
She currently teaches piano in Richmond and North Vancouver and is active as an adjudicator and clinician.