bios

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). In 2017, the husband and wife duo made their recording debut on Toronto composer Frank Horvat’s release Me to We.

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 performed in established venues including Koerner Hall, the Toronto Convention Centre, the Gardiner Museum, and Gallery 345.  Upcoming events include an all-Brahms recital with violinist Jeremy Potts.  Additionally, this fall Raposa will work 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 recently judged the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial competitions and the CCC (Chinese Cultural Centre) Music Festival Toronto Piano Competitions.  She 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 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 is a long-distance runner who enjoys creative writing and photography in her spare time.