May 21, 2016
Erica Kathleen Denoni began studying piano at the age of four under her mother April Gibson’s tutelage and continued her piano studies with her grandmother Suzanne Gibson-Coulthard and Dr. Betty Suderman and trumpet studies with Niki Taylor. Mrs. Denoni’s musical studies have been well-rounded, being an accomplished trumpet player and singer. In June 2008, she won the Young Artist’s Solo Competition and performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Chilliwack Symphony. In 2008 and 2010, she was chosen as the piano representative for the city of Chilliwack in the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Piano Competition. For over ten years, she has given solo recitals in the Fraser Valley, Victoria. Additionally, her love of singing has been cultivated with her involvement in choral, sacred, barbershop and jazz choirs. She enjoys the combination of composing music, performing and teaching.
Erica Denoni obtained her A.R.C.T Piano Performer’s Diploma in 2008, receiving first class honours. She completed her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance in 2012 from the University of Victoria.
Her teachers throughout her music degrees have included: Arthur Rowe, May-Ling Kwok, Shoko Inoue and Dr. Midori Koga. From 2012-2014, she was a group class and private instructor for the University of Toronto Children and Adult Piano Pedagogy programs and taught both on faculty at the Bravo Academy of Performing Arts and her private piano studio. In June 2014, she completed her Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Toronto and completed the Orff Teacher Level 1 Diploma. Erica returned to Vancouver where she taught on faculty at the Mozart Academy of Music in UBC and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts teaching group musicianship classes, Orff and private piano. Most recently in the Fall of 2015, she has taught music full time at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Vancouver and St. Patricks’s Elementary School in Maple Ridge. Mrs. Denoni will continue her passion for teaching in Fall 2016 as she begins her new position as performing arts teacher at West Vancouver’s Mulgrave School.
In September of 2008, he was accepted into the University of Victoria for his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and awarded the Cathcart scholarship annually for outstanding academic and pianistic achievement. Mr. Denoni was awarded the highest mark in the University of Victoria piano department from 2008 to 2012 and in June of 2012, he graduated from the University of Victoria upon completion of his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. In September of 2012, Mr. Denoni was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music for his Masters of Music in Piano Performance. During this time, he had the supreme privilege of collaborating with world renowned cellist Matthew Allen as well as partaking in master classes with Maestro Daniil Trifonov. From September 2012 to April 2014, Mr. Denoni was awarded and maintained a $25,000 annual scholarship for outstanding pianistic and academic achievement from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In May of 2014, he graduated with his Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Most recently, Mr. Denoni collaborated with Orchestra Philomusica under the baton of Leonard Camplin performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 467. Mr. Denoni has had the immense pleasure of studying with Shoko Inoue, Edward J. Parker, Ian Parker, Dr. Jamie Syer, Marc Durand and Emanuela Friscioni among others.