The Millar Piano Duo has been giving high-energy performances since 2008, appearing on several series including Westwood Concerts (Toronto), Tapestry Concerts (Lancaster, ON), Sunday Rendez-vous at Stewart Hall (Pointe-Claire, QC), and the Arlene Kies Piano Recital and Master Class Series at the University of New Hampshire. The duo also gives workshops for teachers, having presented at the national level for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations. Their current workshop entitled, “An Exploration of Piano Duets from the 18th Century Onward,” provides teachers with an overview of four-hand music suitable for different levels up through the present day. The Millar Piano Duo may be heard on Frank Horvat’s 2017 release Me to We. Season 2019/20 concerts and master classes including a two-piano program at Virginia Tech and a visual art/music show in Toronto featuring music of Chopin and Scriabin are in the planning phases.
Gregory Millar made his professional debut at age 18 with a solo recital in his hometown of Lachine, QC, after being awarded that city’s prestigious mérite culturel prize. He has since led a career as a versatile solo performer and chamber musician that has brought him to several Canadian provinces, the Northeastern United States, and Belgium. His playing has been described as “compelling… a tour de force… devastatingly beautiful.” (The Muskokan) Millar is featured on two CDs of chamber music by Toronto composer Frank Horvat – Me to We and The Current Agenda – released in 2017. He gave the premiere of Colin Eatock’s Book of Saints as well first complete performance of Jean Coulthard’s 13 Preludes. As a concerto soloist, Millar has performed with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. He has partnered with many prominent artists and ensembles, including violinist Jasper Wood, soprano Melanie Conly, actress Theresa Tova, the Talisker Players and the Venuti String Quartet. Millar also has served as resident collaborative pianist for the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire and the Banff Centre’s summer masterclass program.
Millar holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, a MusM from the University of Toronto, a BMus from McGill University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. In addition to performing, Millar teaches private lessons in piano and theory, and currently is engaged as a Subject Matter Expert for an online harmony course in development at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Lisa Raposa leads an active career as a recitalist, adjudicator, and instructor. Recognized for the clarity and precision of her playing, she has appeared in established venues including Koerner Hall, the Toronto Convention Centre, the Gardiner Museum, and Gallery 345. In Toronto, she also has performed on The Piano Lunaire, a monthly series devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and recently worked with the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) as rehearsal pianist for the newly commissioned opera, The Journey: Notes of Hope featuring soprano Zorana Sadiq.
Raposa is Vice-President of the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of ORTMA. She recently judged the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial and CCC (Chinese Cultural Centre) Music Festival competitions and has written advisory reviews of pedagogical repertoire for the Alliance of Canadian New Music Projects. Raposa has taught piano in the GTA since 2014 and is the founder of Lorne Park Piano Lessons in Mississauga where she teaches students from the early through advanced Royal Conservatory of Music levels.
Prior to moving to Canada, Raposa completed BA, MM, and DMA degrees at the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Eastman School of Music respectively, earning top awards for her solo and collaborative performances. She enjoys running, creative writing, and photography in her spare time.