Allison Wiebe Benstead - Senior Piano
A leading interpreter of contemporary music, Allison Wiebe Benstead is a frequent performer throughout North America and the UK.
 
Currently on the piano performance faculty at Western University in London, Ontario, she maintains an active performing, adjudicating and teaching career.
 
Allison holds a Masters of Music in Piano Literature and Performance from Western University under James Anagnoson. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Honors) at Brandon University in Manitoba studying with Donald Henry and David Rogosin.

As a soloist, Ms. Wiebe Benstead was a semi-finalist at the 24th annual Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the Performance of Canadian Music, receiving a grant from the Canada Council to attend. As a collaborative musician she performs on piano, keyboards, and melodica with the CONTACT Contemporary Music ensemble in Toronto. In 2011, Allison recorded a CD of works by Brian Eno and Jordan Nobles that was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award. Her programming has been described by the Globe and Mail as “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining,” and her performances praised by the New York Times as “methodical and mesmerizing.” A senior piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she also recorded components of the RCM's Celebration Series Perspectives CD project launched over the winter of 2008.