Edwin Gnandt, MMus

Edwin Gnandt Associate Professor of Music
Associate Professor of Music
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In addition to his role at Ambrose University, Edwin Gnandt’s career has included over five hundred appearances as soloist, accompanist, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. Mr. Gnandt has earned critical acclaim for his performances throughout Canada and the United States, and his performance career has also taken him to Russia and Scotland. Recently, he was invited to be a Visiting Professor of Music at Asuza Pacific University in Los Angeles. He is a piano instructor for the Mount Royal University Conservatory Summer Piano Institute, has participated as a guest lecturer at the Point Loma Summer Keyboard Institute in San Diego, and has been a regular contributor to the Calgary Arts Summer School Association (CASSA). 

Mr. Gnandt’s recently published book The Soul of the Music: Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano (2013) focuses on the development of piano teaching and performance since the Golden Age of Piano, identifying transitional points and changes that have shaped the world of piano performance and teaching that exists today. It's been received with critical reviews. In January 2015, Professor Gnandt presented a paper based on his book at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. The following June he presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at the University Antonoma de Barcelona’s Casa Convalescence campus in Barcelona, and a year later presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Venice.

Mr. Gnandt completed his Master of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Washington with Randolph Hokanson. Having earned a Canada Council Grant for pianistic studies, he continued his studies at the University of Edinburgh, and he also completed post-graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music with legendary pianist Adele Marcus. A gifted collaborator, he has performed and recorded with various artists including baritone Allan Monk (Metropolitan Opera), baritone Paul Berkholds (California Institute of the Arts), violinist Thomas Williams (McGill University), violinist Connie Gantsweg (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra), violinist Dylana Jenson (Silver Medal Winner - International Tchaikovsky Competition), and flautist Leslie Neuman (University of Toronto). 

Mr. Gnandt is also highly accomplished as a teacher. His piano students have participated in national and international piano competitions and have gone on to graduate studies at institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music, McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa. In recognition of his accomplishments and leadership in his field, he’s listed in the Lexington Who's Who of Professionals in North America. Mr. Gnandt has served as faculty member at Ambrose University since 1995.

You can learn more about Mr. Gnandt on his website,  edwingnandt.com 

Critical Reviews

"Edwin Gnandt is a pianist of sensitivity; he has about him that elusive but distinct refinement that a wine connoisseur or a horseman might refer to as breed. One gets the impression that at his worst, this pianist couldn't offend one's sensibilities, that a lapse of taste wouldn't figure in his musical makeup." Benjamin Epstein, Los Angeles Times

"Gnandt seems to have an endless variety of tonal weight at his command. He possesses a French style of coloration - like a painting that features 15 shades of light blue and 20 shades of dark blue.” Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Chronicle

"He possesses a rare gift that few people have - he phrases from the heart.” Aldo Ciccolini, concert pianist 

“[Gnandt] polished this outgoing concerto nicely with a fine finger technique and an ear for phrasing.” Charles Shere, Oakland Tribune 

"Gnandt made a most consistently alluring sound - his most impressive showing came with a sweeping Romantic reading of the Chopin Ballade in F minor.” Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner

"The Liszt was performed with flowing strength and magnificent phrasing, passing from strikingly clear attacks to romantic liquid legato phrases.” Don Forsyth, Penticton Herald

Piano Discography

Edwin Gnandt: Live in Concert (2010)

  1. Variations On A Theme of Robert Schumann Opus 9, J. Brahms (1833-1897)
  2. Rumanian Dance #1, Opus 8a, B. Bartok (1881-1945)
  3. Papillons, Opus 2, R. Schumann (1810-1856)
  4. Sonata #4, Opus 30, A. Scriabin (1871-1916)  

A Portrait of Beethoven (2007)

  1. Thirty-Two Variations On An Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
  2. Sonata in E major, Opus 109
  3. Sonata in F major, Opus 10 #2

Piano Music of Chopin and Liszt (2006)

  1. Nouvelles Etude #1 in F minor, F. Chopin (1810-1849)
  2. Etude in C major, Opus 10 #7, F. Chopin (1810-1849)
  3. Ballade in F minor, F. Chopin (1810-1849)
  4. Sonata in B minor, F. Liszt (1811-1886)
  5. Paganini Etude in A minor, F. Liszt (1811-1886)


Post graduate studies (Juilliard School of Music)
MMus (University of Washington)
BMus (University of Calgary)

Select Publications

Current Research

Undergoing extensive research for his upcoming book entitled "The Subconscious Mind of Frederic Chopin." The summer of 2017 will involve further research at the Carthusian Monastery in the village of Valldemossa on the Island of Majorca, where Chopin spent the winter of 1838-1839.

Scholarly & Professional Activity

Professional Affiliations

Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association (ARMTA)

Recent Conference Presentations

International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference. Venice, Italy. (2016)

International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, University Antonoma de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain (2015)

“Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano,” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI (2015)