International Conference 
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

December 16 - 20, 2016


Classical Music's 9-Foot Bridge: The Piano's Linking of Traditional and Modern Spheres in the Last Century

Lecture-discussion by Dr. Ross Richard Osmun (Canada) - recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician, teacher, Professor of Piano and Theory at Bishop’s University (Canada).  

Originally from Windsor Ontario, Canada, Ross Osmun holds degrees from the University of Windsor, Royal Conservatory of Music and the prestigious Eastman School of Music. His principle teachers were Dr. E. G. Butler (Windsor) and Professor Barry Snyder. (Eastman) He has performed nationally as recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician with important debuts in Calgary, Banff, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown. International engagements include those in the United States (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Washington D.C., Eugene Oregon and New York City) as well as those in France, Spain, Serbia, Germany, Austria and Russia. He is currently a Professor of Piano and Theory at Bishop's University teaching piano as well as a wide range of courses including Piano Literature, Russian Music, Music Theory and Film Music. In 2008, he received the Humanities Teaching Award in recognition of his effective teaching and dedication to the student body. He has also guest lectured across Canada and internationally in Spain, Austria and Serbia and has been featured in recital on CBC Radio-Canada with Winnipeg-born soprano Melinda Enns. Before arriving at Bishop's, Dr. Osmun held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Prince Edward Island.


As we continue to reflect on the evolution of classical music from the late 19th century, through the 20th and now the first decade in to the 21st, one instrument stands out as the driving force – the anchor if you will, behind the vast and varied musical landscapes of these epochs – the piano. As the king of instruments at the close of the 19th century, the laboratory/playground for the ‘isms’ of the 20th and the sanctuary for composers of the early 21st, the piano has clearly withstood the test of time.  

This discussion aims to offer audience members a brief journey into the ever-changing role of this instrument and its performers through the artistically volatile previous century. Traditional performance practices as well as expanded instrumental techniques and other innovative uses of the instrument will highlight not only acoustic properties but also the theatrical capabilities of the instrument. 

Sound bites, live performance and video clips will be featured as well to offer listeners a varied and holistic artistic experience. 

On the second day of his presentation, Dr. Ross Osmun will also present the Mini–Recital: "From Mozart to Morel: Exploring 200 Years of Piano Music" Works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Morel".

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"