Described as “electric” and “absolutely breathtaking” (CiTR Radio), “a true tour de force” (Musetta Stone), and as “exhibiting a deft touch and clear musicality” (The WholeNote), pianist Deborah Grimmett’s performances have been heard throughout North America and Europe in major concert halls such as Auditorium Santa Croce (Italy), Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway), Espace Carpeaux (France), Ganz Hall, and Sherman Clay Steinway Hall (US), Centennial Theatre, and The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Canada).
Ms. Grimmett has appeared as soloist with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Camerata, and Dexter Orchestra, in collaboration with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, and Anthony Elliott, and her performances have been presented by the Heinz Awards, Berkeley Symphony, Sonic Boom Festival, and Guelph Connections Concerts, among others. In addition, she has appeared in concert with Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and her recordings and interviews have been broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm, CBC Music, Classic 107, CiTR, and South Carolina Public radios. Deborah recently released her debut solo album, Lineage: Tracing Influence, on New Classics Records. Described as “wonderfully expressive” and “a meaningful and deeply personal recording” (The WholeNote), the album features works by Iman Habibi and Rhoda Coghill, alongside works by Brahms, Debussy, and Respighi, and has been highlighted in the New York Times, as well as having been broadcast on CBC Music, and RTÉ lyric fm.
Ms. Grimmett enjoys a versatile performing career as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician, and is well known for her performances with the prize-winning piano duo ensemble, Piano Pinnacle, of which she is a co-founder, together with pianist/composer Iman Habibi. The ensemble has been playing together since 2010, and have won First Prize at the United States International Duo Piano Competition, and second prize at the North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, where it twice attained the audience choice award.
Ms. Grimmett’s work has been supported by the Foundation for Assisting Canadian Talent on Recording (FACTOR), Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Council. Her playing has been featured on the soundtracks of a few commercials and films, including Lost and Found, the soundtrack for which won First Prize at the SOCAN Foundation Awards. As an avid proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Grimmett has premiered four dozen new works, both for solo and duo piano.
Ms. Grimmett holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia, and an ARCT (Diploma in Piano Performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Jane Coop, Marietta Orlov, Rena Sharon, Kenneth Broadway, and Ralph Markham. In addition, Ms. Grimmett has performed in masterclasses for several highly acclaimed artists including John Perry, Ronan O’Hora, Andre Laplante, Philippe Cassard, and Lydia Artimiw, and as a collaborative pianist for James Ehnes, Malcom Martineau, and Margo Garrett, and has undertaken private studies as a piano duo with Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen in Munich.