Terence Dawson

Chair, Keyboard Division

Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator

BMus (Mt.All.), MMus, DMA (UBC)

Tel. 604-822-3587
Music Building 305

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His musicality described as “lucid” (Globe and Mail), his performances as “stunning” (Vancouver Sun), and possessing “trademark elegance and technical flair” (Georgia Straight), pianist Terence Dawson has earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s most respected musicians. Repeat invitations to give both concerts and master classes from coast to coast across Canada, as well as in the USA, England and Asia affirm his versatility as a performer, dedicated teacher and engaging lecturer.

His career spans that of solo pianist and chamber musician in both small and large ensembles. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Curio Ensemble, and he is the collaborator of choice for numerous artists and ensembles.


WATCH: Prof. Dawson performs "De Profundis"

Terence Dawson was principal pianist for the CBC Curio Ensemble and Artistic Director and pianist of Vancouver’s celebrated Masterpiece Chamber Music Series. He has recorded nine commercial discs of chamber repertoire, and is a familiar name to CBC radio audiences. Dr. Dawson has also served as a jury member for several important competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s National Piano Competition, and the Canada Council. He was a founding Faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and teaches annually at the VSO Summer Institute at Whistler.

Following doctoral studies with pianist Jane Coop, Terence Dawson joined the UBC School of Music faculty in 1991. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Keyboard Division, Undergraduate and Graduate Keyboard Division Coordinator, and teaches piano, chamber music and collaborative studies.