A passionate advocate of music and music education, Ms. Bach’s professional experience spans the spectrum of a professional pianist: junior to advanced piano pedagogy; concerto appearances with orchestras, debuting at age 16 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music; recitalist; chamber musician; touring soloist; instrumental, choral, and vocal accompanying and coaching.
A renowned and sought-after collaborative artist, Ms. Bach has performed with several of Canada’s foremost choral conductors: Lydia Adams, John Tuttle, Robert Cooper and Doreen Rao. Ms. Bach has also appeared numerous times as the master class collaborative pianist for the University of Toronto’s visiting artists: Elly Ameling, Gerald Finley, Marilyn Horne, Rudolph Jansen and Martin Isepp. Recitals with Metropolitan Opera bass Paul Plishka, Jamie Sommerville (Boston Symphony principle horn), Monica Whicher, recordings with Russell Braun (Ukrainian Art Song Project) and teaching appointments at the Eastman School of Music’s summer school count among the highlights of Ms. Bach’s multi-faceted career.
At the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Ms. Bach holds positions as collaborative pianist in Voice Studies (French Melodie; English/Italian Art Song; Oratorio Ensemble classes); classroom instructor for Oratorio and Accompanying; and applied piano instructor for undergraduate pianists. As performer, coach and educator, she is comprehensive in her approach to musical preparation and performance artistry, and is esteemed for her effective nurturing and development of young musicians.
A member and founder of the performing duo Opera a Casa, Ms. Bach enjoys a collaborative partnership with pianist Andrea Grant, exploring the repertoire of operatic transcriptions for pianos and instruments.
Orazio Maione was born in Naples where he graduated with a diploma in piano cum laude and special mention at the age of 17 at the Conservatory of “San Pietro a Maiella”. He now lives in Rome.
He gained professional recognition at a very early age, winning piano competitions at national (Osimo, “Muzio Clementi”) and international level (Senigallia, Monza, “Franz Liszt” of Sopron, Hungary).
He made his début at the age of twenty at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and then played in concerts for some of the most important Italian music institutions as soloist, chamber performer and symphonic orchestra musician (Teatro Comunale di Genova with P. Maag, “Verdi” di Milano with G. Noseda).
In 1986 he won the third edition of the prestigious international piano competition of Pretoria, followed by concert engagements in various European countries, Canada, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel.
He has made recordings for Italian and international radio and television channels and for the IMP Classic recording label, England. He has recently recorded Fryderyk Chopin’s 27 Studies, which are in the process of being released. He has curated series of broadcasts for Vatican Radio and is the author of historical-musicological publications for Curci and EDT publishers. Orazio Maione’s most recent project is concertizing and promoting the works of famed Italian composer, Franco Alfano. A guest faculty member and Master Class teacher to many important Italian musical institutions, he has also been invited to teach in the United States and is the Guest Master Class teacher for Toyich International Projects RomeSMARTS program every summer.