a radical departure of past dramatic efforts like Phantom
of the Opera, Annie and The End of the World
(With Prom to Follow),
performed her first Gloucester Music Club recital when she
was five and would go on to win multiple national and international
awards as well as four gold medals from the Royal Conservatory
of Music. In 2009, she finish first and second in piano
and strings, respectively, in the 10-year-old age group
at the Canadian Music Competition.
|Anita Pari performs at the
Steinway Piano Gallery on Feb. 13. Fred Sherwin/Photo
schooled for most of her formative years, Pari studied under
Cuban-American pianist Santiago Rodriguez at the Frost School
of Music at the University of Miami from 2012 to 2016.
2016, Pari enrolled in the music program at Carleton University
where she is currently in her thrid year studying piano
and composition. All the while she has performed recitals
and concerts in North America, Europe and Asia. Last year,
she performed her original piano composition "Urban
Movement" in Beijing, China.
began writing her sonata for cello and piano in 2016. It
would take two years before she was satisfied enough with
the composition to contemplate performing it in public.
Entitled "Escape", it is made up of four movements
-- Lento, rubato; Lento; Moderato Pesante; and Allegro,
chose the Steinway Piano Gallery on Innes Road as the venue
for her recital. For the sonata, she was accompanied on
piano by Nicole Presentey.
performance, itself, was flawless. The sonata can best be
described as dramatic, with more hills than valleys. To
say it was impressive would be an understatement. At 21,
Pari is a seasoned veteran who plays with the confidence
of someone twice her age.
the sonata, Pari further wooed her audience with a pair
of her piano compositions -- Directions and the aforementioned
she graduates, Pari plans to pursue a career as a composer
while playing the odd recital and concent. If the February
13 recital is any indication, her compositions will soon
be on the playlists of orchestras throughout North America
and the world.
can follow Anita Pari on her YouTube channel at www.youtube.com.