Since his orchestral debut with the Toronto Symphony in 1981, Nova Scotia-born Paul Stewart has become one of Canada’s best-known musicians, appearing frequently with the Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphonies,Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the National Arts Center Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal and other major orchestras in Canada and abroad.
In solo recital, he has been heard throughout Canada, the United States (including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center, Washington), Europe and Asia, and in partnership with such artists as James Campbell, James Ehnes,Maureen Forrester, Rivka Golani, Ben Heppner and Jessye Norman.
In 1996 Mr. Stewart made two highly acclaimed debuts: a solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall (broadcast by the BBC), and an enthusiastically received performance of Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto, with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Moscow Conservatory; this was broadcast throughout Russia and was subsequently released on an award-winning CD.
Other recordings include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel and Britten. He is also one of the few pianists worldwide who champion the music of the neglected Russian composer Nicolai Medtner, and is presently recording Medtner’s complete sonatas and chamber music. Paul Stewart is a Professor of Piano at the Université de Montréal.