Exposed to art song since the age of ten, Canadian pianist Patricia Au is widely known for her vivacious playing and leads an active performing career collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists. She has appeared in such venues as Vancouver’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Isabella Gardner Museum as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She has also toured throughout Canada, Austria, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2010, Patricia completed her Master of Music at the New England Conservatory specializing in collaborative piano. As a recipient of various scholarships and grants, Ms. Au has pursued additional studies focusing on art song and opera in Canada, France, Italy and Austria. She has performed for prominent musicians such as Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff and Malcolm Martineau. In 2007, Ms. Au studied at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria through the generosity of a Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship awarded by the University of British Columbia. She was invited in 2010 to the Acadèmie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France and performed Tel jours telle nuit for Poulenc’s extended family in Noizay. Passionate about dissolving the boundaries between song performance and scholarship, she continues to study and perform at the Vancouver International Song Institute, with guidance of song scholars Susan Youens, Graham Johnson, Michael Musgrave, and Deborah Stein.
Not limiting her teaching approach to existing pedagogical models, Ms. Au has taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with many of her past students whom have won awards and scholarships. As a Teaching Assistant for the Young Artist Experience, an interdisciplinary chamber music camp at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, she worked with gifted teens, blending intense music study with a spectrum of explorations comprising art, science, humanities and social responsibility. During the summer months, she has served on faculty as a vocal coach/pianist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and during the academic year, she teaches and coaches at New England Conservatory. She also currently music directs for Boston Opera Collaborative.