Anna Levy

Anna received her Bachelors and Master of Music degree in piano from the State Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980.  She later became a member of the piano faculty at the State Music Preparatory School and the State Academy, a position she held for nearly ten years. In 1987 she won a scholarship to attend the State Conservatory in Moscow, where she worked in the piano class of Margarita Fyodorova (a student of Neuhaus) and the musicology department, completing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in both piano and musicology in 1991.

Since coming to Canada she has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician championing contemporary music.  Anna has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts for a concert of Russian music in Reykjavik, Iceland. More recently, she has appeared as soloist at Kwantlen College, Simon Fraser University and Capilano College, in performances of the music of Scriabin, Alfred Schnittke, Nikolai Korndorf and numerous Canadian composers. As both performer and musicologist she is a specialist in the music of Eastern Europe with scholarly contributions to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  With her husband, Dr. Gregory Myers, she has presented papers at a number of musicological meetings here and abroad.  Among her publications is an interview with internationally renowned composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Anna issued her first CD in 2003.  The same year she formed the Yarilo Music Ensemble in collaboration with fellow pianist Jane Hayes, and in May 2005, her ensemble was featured in CBC broadcasts. The ensemble has been receiving support from the Canadian Music Centre, the BC Arts Council and the Burnaby Arts Council for the commissioning and performance of new compositions. In June 2007 Anna took part in a Central European music festival in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall with a program of contemporary solo Bulgarian piano music. On May 31, 2008, she presented a concert of contemporary Bulgarian chamber music as part of a series offered by Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral.