DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2007 Grant Recipient
Classical Music (Piano) Winner
Devon Joiner is an 18-year-old pianist from Nanaimo, British Columbia. A graduate of Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo, he completed the first year of his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2007.
Devon has been studying piano since the age of four and completed his Piano Performer's A.R.C.T. diploma at age 14, receiving First Class Honours with Distinction. He has won many awards in Vancouver Island music festivals and, for the past three years has won every class he has entered. He has also competed successfully in the BC Provincial Finals, as well as at the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition and the International Russian Music Piano Competition.
Devon performed his debut solo recital at age 14 and has been a guest artist in many concerts including those with the Nanaimo Youth Choir, the Camerata Singers, the Island Bel Canto Singers and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Jane Coop, Head of the Keyboard Division at the UBC School of Music, says of Devon, "He has the intelligence, focus, maturity of attitude and presence of someone much older. He plays Mozart and Tchaikovsky as if he were two different people - he completely transforms his attitude and approach according to the style and technical necessities of the composer."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation piano jury, consisting of Stéphane Lemelin, Kristina Szutor and David Louie, found Devon's audition performance to be "artistically mature, with stylistic awareness, natural phrasing and sensitivity to sound." They also praised his clear musical ideas, lucid sound and rhythm. "This is very impressive maturity for an 18-year-old. A big talent!"