When pianist Allen Reiser made his London, England concerto debut in 1978 as the winner of the Croydon Symphony Orchestra Soloist Award, one reviewer wrote:
It was clear from his opening flourish in Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto that he is a player not only of dynamic brilliance but of mellow touch...on the evidence of this fresh, youthful, yet mature performance, the 25-year-old Canadian could be quite a find.
Well-known throughout Western Canada, pianist Allen Reiser has been guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Calgary, Victoria and Montreal as well as with various other orchestras in Canada and in England. Recital engagements have taken him to nearly every major centre in Western Canada, and he has been a guest recitalist at the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival in Salt Lake City. Allen Reiser's recitals are an eclectic mix of standard works for the keyboard sprinkled with unusual and less frequently performed works taken from the peripheries of the keyboard's repertoire. He has a particular affinity for, and interest in, Canadian piano music and the music of Franz Liszt. In the spring of 2001 he released his first CD - A Canadian Piano Album - which received a Prairie Music Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Classical Recording. His second CD - Sonatinas and Little Sonatas - was released in June of 2009; "... a wonderful collection of intermediate-level sonatas and sonatinas." (Clavier - Jan/Feb 2010). His Sonatina album was the basis for a book published in German, simply titled "Allen Reiser", which focuses on the composers present on that CD.
A former student of Peter Katin (England), Dr. Robin Wood (Victoria), and Mary Hughs Fenwick (Calgary), Allen Reiser is an ARCT Gold Medalist of the Toronto Conservatory of Music and a two time recipient of the Victoria Medallion. He currently opperates a private studio in Calgary, where he is affiliated with Calgary's Mount Royal University Conservatory as a Branch instructor. In 1992 he was honoured by that institution with a Distinguished Faculty/Teaching Award. Allen Reiser has been guest piano instructor at a number of summer music schools in Alberta and British Columbia including the Cranbrook Summer Music School, Musicamrose, Sundre's Strings and Keys and Victoria's Piano Summer Music School. For a number of years, Allen Reiser wrote first a CD review column, then a piano Masterclass column for the Alberta Piano Teachers' Association provincial newsletter. He is active throughout Western Canada as a performer, an adjudicator and a master class clinician.
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