Canadian pianist and composer Alysha Gauthier is a Toronto city-girl who says her heart belongs to the rugged Northern Ontario countryside. Drawing from the formative influence of classical composers as diverse as the romantic Chopin, the impressionist Debussy, and the avant-garde Satie, she is able to channel her love for the natural beauty of the Canadian Shield that surrounds her family's Kawarthas cabin into gracefully elegant compositions and deeply sensitive performances that emotionally engage audiences around the world.
As a four-year old, Alysha entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where, after four years, her classical piano training enabled her to begin composing and performing her own music. Her love of music and education prompted her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity Western University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, Alysha entered the Toronto District School Board, the largest, most diverse school board in Canada, where she has passionately and enthusiastically taught and directed junior high and high school students for the past seven years.
For Alysha, the most rewarding part of teaching is inspiring, energizing, and motivating her students' quest for knowledge and their passion for music. As an extension of her teaching, she has invested a large portion of her time in working with groups such as Youth Unlimited and Toronto City Mission in an attempt to help turn the power of music into a tool for building bridges between young adults impacted by poverty and for developing future leaders who will use it to continue the process.
Alysha's performances have captivated and charmed a wide range of audiences from political conference attendees in Basal, Switzerland to ceremonial honorees at a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur ceremony in France, and, for the past seven years, distinguished guests at the annual Presidential Breakfast in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she delighted her students and fans by posting a video of her performance of "Waterfalls" at New York's Riverside Chapel.
Currently being mentored by Canadian film composer, Erica Procunier, Alysha has studied under the direction of talented musicians such as Pinar Toprak (Hans Zimmer), Ben Newhouse(Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas), Gary Burton (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), Dave Limina (B.B. King, Chuck Berry), Robert Christopherson (Charlie Banacos), and Brad Hatfield (Yo-Yo Ma, Aretha Franklin). In addition to her classical training, she also studies independently with award-winning Canadian jazz pianist, Greg de Denus (Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely). She has done recent collaborations with film composers, Christine Hals from Norway, Jochem Weirink from the Netherlands and Dzijan Emin from Macedonia.
The release of Alysha's album, Candlelit Chandeliers, not only showcases her newest piano compositions, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in her career as she works to complete her Master's Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV at Berklee College of Music where, in 2014, she was awarded the Gloria Estefan Celebrity Online Scholarship. As a proud member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, Alysha looks forward to following in her mentor's footsteps and someday composing and orchestrating film scores that bring her music to millions, but for now she'll be content with gifting you - what she hopes is - a moment to breathe.
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