|Peter Tiefenbach, pianist|
Peter Tiefenbach enjoys an extraordinarily varied career as a performer, composer and teacher. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he studied music in Canada, the United States and England, before settling in Toronto in 1986. His unique combination of talents has established his reputation as a gifted pianist, mentor and creator.
Mr. Tiefenbach has collaborated with a who’s who of Canada’s leading singers and instrumentalists, including Maureen Forrester, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato, Kimberley Barber, Russell Braun and Donna Brown (as conductor /pianist/arranger of Where Are the Songs We Sung?, with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra), Sally Dibblee and Jean Stilwell. For more than a decade he has collaborated with soprano-comedienne Mary Lou Fallis on tours throughout Canada, the United States., Japan, England and Iceland. He has co-created several shows with her, including An Evening with Karlheinz Vapny at Lunchtime (Edmonton Comedy Festival, 2000); Primadonna Does Shakespeare (Stratford Summer Music, 2002); Primadonna Does More With Less (Guelph Spring Festival, 2005); and Primadonna Choralis (Chorus Niagara, 2006). He also appears frequently with duo-piano partner, Robert Kortgaard, most recently as part of Veronica Tennant’s Invitation to the Dance.
Highlights of Mr. Tiefenbach’s 2007–08 season included a recital with mezzo-soprano Kimberley Barber at the Waterloo Entertainment Centre, and performances with the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Canadian Brass. In March, he joined two of his former students, baritone Peter Barrett and his brother, tenor Michael Barrett on their debut Atlantic tour. He also appeared with soprano Zorana Sadiq in her debut Music Toronto engagement (Discovery Series). Mr. Tiefenbach was involved in three anniversary events celebrating Glenn Gould’s 75th birthday this season: performing in a CBC live-to-air concert premiering newly commissioned preludes and fugues by Canadian composers; playing the role of J.S. Bach in Two Musics in Mind (a play by Christopher Dawes that imagines a meeting between Gould and Bach) for the Toronto Bach Festival, and presenting a family concert of his own devising for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
A Juno Award-nominated composer, Mr. Tiefenbach’s recent commissions include works for the Borealis String Quartet (2006), the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (2006), the Canadian Brass and the Elmer Iseler Singers (2005), the Saskatoon Children’s Choir (2005), and the Elora Festival Singers (2003). In 2005, he was one of four composers invited to take part in the International Songbridge Project in Hong Kong, and in the following year he served as composer-in-residence for the Colours of Music festival in Ontario. His composition Three Poems for soprano, trumpet and piano was nominated for a 1993 Juno Award in the category of Best Classical Composition.
Mr. Tiefenbach’s recordings include arrangements for Les Chemins de l’amour and Kabarett, with Jean Stilwell (CBC Records); for the Juno Award-winning Azul‹o, with Isabel Bayrakdarian (CBC Records), and for People of Faith, with The Canadian Brass and Elmer Iseler Singers. His compositions and arrangements are also featured on Remembrance, with Stuart Laughton (Marquis Classics), and Opening Day (both Opening Day Records).