Canadian Pianist Carson Becke (www.carsonbecke.com) has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including performances in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. He is also the artistic director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec.
After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed an M.Phil. degree in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, supported generously by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada. Carson has recently submitted his thesis for the degree of D.Phil. in music, at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His research, concerning Richard Strauss’s piano music and pianistic performance style, was supervised by Professor Laura Tunbridge. He is grateful for the support of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Foundation towards his doctoral studies. Alongside his research on Strauss, he is working on a multi-album recording project featuring Strauss’s piano, chamber, and art song repertoire. The first two of these albums are available on iTunes (an album of lieder with mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta, and a solo piano album).
Carson is on faculty at the Purcell School of Music, where he teaches musicianship, and Christ Church Cathedral School, where he teaches the piano.