Joan Forsyth


Piano , Suzuki Piano

Area of Study

Private Lessons

Career Highlights

D.M.A. Rutgers University
M.M. The Juilliard School
B.M. University of British Columbia
Aspen Music Festival
Banff School of Fine Arts

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.