Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Winnipeg collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. She is on the faculties of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta, theContemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and RICE (Rio International Cello Encounter).
Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Tracy Dahl, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett. She is a regular recital partner of fellow University of Manitoba faculty members baritone Mel Braun, tenor Robert MacLaren, violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.
Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for the last seven years. The Harrington/Loewen duo has performed throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, and South America, including a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritime provinces in February 2007. Loewen is a founding member ofThe Galileo Trio (“an enlightened idea” – Winnipeg Free Press) and Emerado (“true camaraderie and rapport” – Winnipeg Free Press).
Ms. Loewen holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Accompanying/Coaching from the University of Minnesota, where she was a fellowship student of Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack. In addition to her studies there, she spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West studying vocal accompanying with Warren Jones, and worked with Martin Katz and Graham Johnson at SongFest ’98.