Biography – Cheryl Duvall


Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fifth season.  Thin Edge completed their first Canadian tour in winter 2013, was guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014 and has undertaken a Canadian tour with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo throughout 2015.  To date, they are responsible for the commissioning and premieres of 40 new works in the past 4 years with plans for 11 new works throughout their fifth concert season.  Other highlights of the 2015-16 season include performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montreal, a substantial recording project with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo, a guest artistic residency with Wilfrid Laurier University to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, and a full artistic residency at Array Music in Toronto.  Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble of musicians of different genres, who released the album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label. 


An experienced choral accompanist, Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded albums of Canadian choral repertoire and Seasonal Music. She was the music director for Essential Opera’s Premieres project and has also collaborated with FAWN New Opera for their premiere of Adam Scime’s L’Homme et le ciel, with both of these productions having second presentations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s bi-annual Open Ears Festival in 2014.  Essential Opera’s Premieres project received a reprise with Ottawa’s Opera Lyra in fall 2015.

Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students.  Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada.  Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev. 


Aigre-douce – Chamber works of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes – Bespoken – Heavy Fog Records (2013)

A Kaleidoscope of Singing – Canadian Choral Celebration – accompanist for Oakville Children’s Choir  - Self Released (2011)