Elisabeth Desruisseaux, Pianist

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Bio

Elisabeth has recently completed a Masters of Music (MMus) at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying with Nelly Ben-Or. She has previously studied with professors Marilyn Engle and Charles Foreman at the University of Calgary, Canada, and has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, the Alice Cobb Scholarship and the Carr Prize. 


With over eight years of teaching experience, Elisabeth has taught piano to a wide variety of ages in both private and group settings. She is experienced in teaching the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus, and is an RCM Advanced Certified Teacher. Elisabeth focuses on catering to the individual needs of every student, for examination purposes or for personal pleasure. Each lesson combines musical enjoyment with a solid foundation of technique, note and rhythm reading, aural training, and analytical knowledge. Elisabeth teaches all ages, abilities, and styles, and is now incorporating the Kodály Method into her pedagogy for early learners. 


Elisabeth has accompanied many instruments at a professional level including violin, viola, double bass, flute, and trombone. She has worked as a vocal studio accompanist in Canada and has accompanied choirs in both classical and jazz idioms. Elisabeth has also participated in the Académie Musicale Internationale "Barbara Krakauer" summer program in France, working with teachers such as Marie Martinie-Myron, Richard Myron, and Johannes Leertouwer. More recently, she had the opportunity to study as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.


As a performing artist, Elisabeth is active with Impasto Duo, her chamber music duo for flute and piano. She also performs as a soloist, seeking interesting programming with lesser-known composers along with standard repertoire.


For tuition, accompaniment, or event enquiries, please see Elisabeth's contact information.