About Joan Forsyth

Canadian pianist Joan Forsyth is a multi-faceted musician who has received critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber music artist. She has been heard throughout Europe, Japan, South and North America in a wide range of repertoire, embracing the standard piano literature as well as the most recent works. Her prize-winning performances in the 1990 Concerts Atlantique and La Gesse competitions set in motion tours of France and Switzerland, and since that time she has maintained a lively concert schedule. She has collaborated with such ensembles as the Cassatt Quartet, the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center and CYGNUS, and appeared as soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. She toured the Netherlands and Scandinavia with CYGNUS and a program of new American music in 1997 and then travelled with theat ensemble again to Russia in 1998. She performed in Tokyo with Trio Spark! in 2006. Her performances have been broadcast over WNYC, WFAS, Vermont and New York Public Radio, RAI Italy, Radio Denmark and Polish National Radio.

Ms. Forsyth also makes recital appearances with duo-partner guitarist William Anderson, most recently an Italian tour and a concert dedicated to the Segovia repertoire at carnegie Recital hall in 2007. The two premiered and recorded Charles Wuorinen’s Sonata for Piano and Guitar the works of composer Meyer Kupferman on the Soundspells label. Other recordings have been for CRI and Furious Artisans.

In 1992 Ms. Forsyth’s interest in new American music led her to form the Stein Hall Players, an ensemble devoted to contemporary music. The group produced the American Mosaic series in Westchester throughout the 90s, featuring celebrated guest artists and the premieres of many new works. Members of that group went on to form the Cerwydden Trio, a flute, cello and piano trio that has played to great acclaim in festivals and chamber music venues on the East Coast. The Cerwydden Trio performs repertoire that spans a time period from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, combining Ms. Forsyth’s many musical loves.

Selected Repertoire

Milton Babbitt Three Compositions for Piano
J.S. Bach Italian Concerto
Partitas, C Minor, Bb Major
Toccatas, E Minor, D Major
Ludwig van Beethoven Concertos 1-5
Sonatas Opus 7,,Op 10 nos. 1,2,3, Op 13, Op. 81a,Op 90,
Op 101, Op.109, p.110
Bela Bartok Improvisations
Alban Berg Sonata
Pierre Boulez Notations
Aaron Copland Piano Variations
Piano Fantasy
Frederic Chopin Four Ballades
Concertos, E minor, F minor
Four Scherzos
Sonata B minor and Bb minor
Claude Debussy Preludes, Bk.1
Suite Bergamasque
L’Isle Joyeuse
Alberto Ginastera Sonata no 1
George Gershwin Preludes
Rhapsody in Blue
Edvard Grieg Concerto A minor
Franz Joseph Haydn Sonatas, no. 50, 52, Hob XVI:46
Concerto D Major
Franz Liszt Les Jeux D’Eau a la Villa d’Este
Nuages Gris
Hungarian Rhapsodies nos 2,8
Sonata in B minor
Concerto Eb
Felix Mendlessohn Variations Serieuses
Concerto G Minor
Olivier Messiaen Les Vingts Regards Sur L’Enfant Jesus
W.A. Mozart Fantasies C minor, D minor
Sonatas K331, 332, 333
Concertos C minor, D minor, A major, Eb major.
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sergei Prokofiev Sonatas, nos. 1,2, 6 and 7
Concertos 1 and 3
Sergei Rachmaninoff Concertos 2 and 3
Maurice Ravel Concerto for Left Hand
Concerto in G
Jeux d’eau
Frederic Rjewski Cotton Mill Blues
Arnold Schoenberg Three Pieces, Op.11
Franz Schubert Sonatas A minor, A major
Robert Schumann Davidsbundlertanze
Faschingswank aus Vien
Concerto A minor
Anton Webern Variations, Op. 27