Lana Henchell: Piano
Mount Royal Conservatory, Calgary
Accompanist, General Programs
B.Mus., M.Mus., PhD (Piano Performance)
Calgary native, Lana Henchell, graduated with her Doctoral degree in piano performance from McGill University in 2010. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance at the University of Calgary under the tutelage of Marilyn Engle. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Max Stern Foundation and the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival (Rose Bowl).
Lana made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at the age of 13, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the University of Calgary Orchestra, the Calgary Civic Symphony, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the McGill Symphony.
She has received top prizes in competitions such as the International Stepping Stone of the CMC, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Piano Competition, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, the CIBC National Music Festival and the Shean Piano Competition. Her First Prize win at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Piano Competition lead to a six-week concert tour across Canada.
Lana has participated in several festivals and music programs, including the Happening New Music Festival in Calgary, programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Académie Musicale Internationale in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. She was also invited to play a solo recital for the 2005 Alberta Scene Festival, which was broadcast live in Ottawa for the Aber Diamond Debut Series on CBC Radio Two.
Lana currently performs solo and collaborative concerts focusing on contemporary repertoire that speaks to diverse audiences. She aims to promote the music of Canadian composers while integrating features and styles of varying disciplines. In addition to performing, Lana teaches privately and sessionally at the University of Calgary, adjudicates music festivals and collaborates with young musicians at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.