The Millar Piano Duo presents enlightening concert programs dedicated to the art of the piano duo, bringing to their performances a masterful sense of ensemble.
Pianist Lisa Raposa has performed with countless musicians in Canada and the United States including opera singers Diane Alexander, Marilyn Cronin, and Jennifer Taverner, trombonist Chris Van Hof, tubists Tim Buzbee, James Gourlay, and Mark Nelson, and violinists Charles Treger and Hyungi Kim. Recently, Lisa performed in Walter Hall (University of Toronto), at the Gardiner Museum in connection with Soundstreams/Salon21 and the Regent Park School of Music, and on the Life & Music series at St. Andrew’s Church among others. She has appeared as a soloist in Music on the Hill in Rhode Island and alongside her husband, pianist Gregory Millar, at Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire, Québec.
Lisa Raposa earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of New Hampshire; studying piano primarily with Jean Barr, Estela Olevsky, and Arlene Kies. She was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award (ESM), and twice received the Eugenie May Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as a Solo and Collaborative Pianist (UMass-Amherst). A native of New England, Lisa is featured with soprano Jenni Cook on the recently released album of Brazilian art song, Terra e Granito.
Originally from Lachine, Quebec, pianist Gregory Millar maintains a busy performing career both on his own and as one half of the Millar Piano Duo. He has given performances across several Canadian provinces, the Northeastern United States, and recently made his European debut in Belgium. Equally adept as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and orchestral player, Gregory was spotlighted as guest artist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra in a unique program combining solo piano, concerto, symphonic and chamber works. He has partnered with many prominent artists and ensembles, including soprano Melanie Conly, singer/actress Theresa Tova, violist George Taylor (Eastman School of Music), hornist Bernhard Scully (Canadian Brass), Talisker Players of Toronto, Vancouver Film Orchestra, and Toca Loca.
Gregory is an active promoter of new music and an advocate of Canadian composers. He presented the first complete performance of 13 Preludes for piano by Jean Coulthard at the conference of the Canadian University Music Society in June 2013. He additionally was involved in the world premiere performances of works by Colin Eatock, Frank Horvat, Robert Rival, and American composer David Liptak.
The first graduate of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Piano Performance degree program, Gregory also holds degrees from Eastman, the Glenn Gould School, and McGill University. He has received numerous accolades, including prizes in the Sinfonia Toronto International Concerto Competition, the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award.
photo credit: Marc Schultz, 2016