The Millar Piano Duo has performed together since 2008, appearing on several series including Westwood Concerts (Toronto), Tapestry Concerts (Lancaster, ON), and Sunday Rendez-vous at Stewart Hall (Pointe-Claire, QC). Earlier this fall, they made their recording debut on Toronto composer Frank Horvat’s release Me to We.
Toronto-based pianist Gregory Millar made his professional debut at age 18 with a solo recital in his hometown of Lachine, QC, after winning that city’s prestigious mérite culturel award. He has since led a career as a versatile soloist and chamber musician that has brought him across several Canadian provinces, the Northeastern United States, and a recent European debut in 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 this past September. He gave the premiere of Colin Eatock’s Book of Saints in 2010, as well as the first complete performance of Jean Coulthard’s 13 Preludes at the conference of the Canadian University Music Society in Victoria, BC in 2013. He also has appeared on the Belfountain Music Festival in Caledon, ON, Westwood Concerts series in Toronto, and was a guest soloist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Millar has partnered with many prominent artists and ensembles, including violinist Jasper Wood, violist George Taylor, soprano Melanie Conly, actress/singer Theresa Tova, Talisker Players of Toronto, and the Venuti String Quartet. In addition, he served as a resident pianist for the Banff Centre’s summer masterclass program, as well as the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire.
Millar also works as a music copyist/engraver for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Teacher Certification Department.
Pianist Lisa Raposa leads an active career as a performer, adjudicator, and instructor in Toronto. Known for the clarity and precision of her playing, she has appeared as a collaborator in established venues including Koerner Hall, the Toronto Convention Centre, Gallery 345, the Gardiner Museum, and St. Andrew’s Church and regularly partners with soprano Zorana Sadiq in recital. In-demand as an adjudicator, Raposa judged the 2017 Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial competitions and in 2018 will adjudicate for the CCC (Chinese Cultural Centre) Music Festival Toronto Piano Competition and the SSC (South Shore Conservatory) Piano Solo Competition in Hingham, MA amongst others. Raposa has written advisory reviews of pedagogical repertoire for the Alliance of Canadian New Music Projects and is the founder of Lorne Park Piano Lessons in Mississauga, ON where she teaches students from the early through advanced Royal Conservatory of Music levels.
Prior to moving to Canada, Raposa completed B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees at the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Rochester – Eastman School of Music respectively, where she earned top awards for her solo and collaborative performances. She enjoys running and creative writing in her spare time.