About Joan Forsyth

Canadian pianist Joan Forsyth is a multi-faceted musician who has received critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber music artist in a wide range of repertoire. Her prize-winning performances in the 1990 Concerts Atlantique and La Gesse competitions set in motion tours of France and Switzerland. She has collaborated with such ensembles as the Cassatt Quartet, the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center and CYGNUS, and as soloist with the New Westminster Symphony, the Westchester Philharmonic and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. She has toured the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Russia with CYGNUS and programs of new American music. Her performances have been broadcast over WNYC, WFAS, Vermont and New York Public Radio, RAI (Italy), Radio Denmark and Polish National Radio.

Ms. Forsyth performs with duo-partner guitarist William Anderson, most recently in Salzburg, Japan, Vancouver, Poland, Mexico and the festival of new American music in Sacramento. The two premiered and recorded Charles Wuorinen’s Sonata for Piano and Guitar, which was chosen to represent the “Art of the States” for worldwide broadcast. Other recordings have been for Soundspells, CRI, Albany, Bridge and Furious Artisans.

Joan Forsyth chairs the Piano Department at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan. She is on faculty at Bennington College, the InterHarmony Festival in Italy, and the Sonatina School in Vermont. She has a special interest in early childhood music education and a love for teaching her many accomplished students.

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