Coming from a musical household, I quickly got used to having music around me from a very young age. At the age of nine I began my studies with Alan Crane at the Langley Community Music School. I was extremely determined to play the piano, and I would willingly practice every day. By my second year of piano, I was studying grade six repertoire. By the age of fifteen, I received my grade 10 piano certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music with first class honours.

I was put on stage to perform almost immediately after starting piano lessons – an aspect in a student’s learning process that is immensely crucial. I proved my abilities on stage and became a consistent scholarship winner in local festivals. I became involved in chamber music at the age of thirteen. By fifteen, I learned the complete Mendelssohn piano trio in d minor – a challenge, but also a piece that proved to be pivotal in my development as a young collaborative musician. I began accompanying my mother’s violin students at the age of fourteen, and gradually took on more work as an accompanist.

Throughout my years of study, I have had the privilege to work in masterclasses with renowned artists such as: Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Jeffery Kahane, Ian Parker, Jon Kimura Parker, and Jane Coop. My current music studies are under the tutelage of Bruce Vogt, at the University of Victoria School of Music (Victoria, BC, Canada). Although I live in Vancouver, I look forward to a successful career of performing and teaching. 

© Frances Armstrong 2013