In a series of three posts, we are profiling each of the guest adjudicators that will help select the winner of the Piano Concerto Competition. Here is the profile of Kathryn Tremills.
Kathryn Tremills is active as a freelance soloist, accompanist, vocal coach, chamber musician and piano teacher. She has appeared at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival; debuted at Roy Thomson Hall alongside the Canadian Brass; and has been broadcast by CBC Radio Canada and Classical 96.3 FM.
Orchestral appearances include concerti with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Bay Symphony. Awards and honours include advancement to the finals for the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano, first prize in the University of Colorado Vice Chancellor’s Graduate Student Competition and a Canada Council Award for studies in Switzerland.
In addition to performing with and coaching numerous graduate and undergraduate vocalists at the University of Toronto, Kathryn has been an opera coach and répétiteur at the Canadian Opera Company. She is on the faculty of The Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, she teaches at the University of Toronto, is a member of Trio d’Argento and accompanies the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
Holding performance degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Kathryn also completed one year of the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded numerous scholarships for her studies and held assistantships in teaching and accompanying in both Boulder and Rochester. As well as her primary teachers Gwen Beamish, Marietta Orlov, Angela Cheng and Nelita True, Kathryn also had the privilege to study in masterclass situations with master teachers Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebök, Marek Jablonski, John Perry and André Laplante.
Kathryn’s discography includes the self-titled toneART ensemble, her husband Giles Tomkins’ classical crossover album And So It Goes, and her debut solo album, Dedication which also features Corey Gemmell.