Faculty of Music

John-Paul Bracey

John-Paul Bracey

Professor - Piano
Office:  TC 305
Phone: 519-661-2111 x85397
E-mail: jbracey@uwo.ca

 

Pianist John-Paul Bracey brings experience and education to his art. In the early years of his studies, he worked with pianists such as Lois Maer, Patricca Benkman, Ozan Marsh and Paul Badura-Skoda. He won several symphony competitions and grants, including a contract to record Symphony Opus 39 for piano by Charles Valentin Alkan. He received major international grants for study in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique and privately with Marcel Ciampi and Vlado Perlemuter. Ciampi’s collaboration with Debussy and Perlemuter’s with Ravel provided Bracey with insights into their works.

In France, Bracey made his debut during American Music Week at UNESCO. He completed his studies at Eastman School of Music with renowned pedagogue Cecile Genhart, where he received his Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate.

He has concertized across Canada and the United States and recorded for CBC. His performances have received glowing reviews: “sensational playing”----“a performance full of magnificent sonorities and beautiful lyricism”----“ a captivating performance full of fire and imagination.” He has adjudicated senior piano classes at most music festivals across Canada.

Bracey’s book, A Biography of French Pianist Marcel Ciampi – Music To Last A Lifetime, (Edwin Mellen Press) was highly acclaimed in North America.

Bracey has championed the works of Joaquin Turina. With assistance from Turina’s family and archives, he has presented programs that document the poetic connections of his repertoire with the poems of Gustav Becquer, another native of Seville, Spain.

Bracey researched piano works by composers from Chile and Argentina at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago,and the Universidad de Argentina in Buenos Aires. Cambridge University filmed an interview with Bracey that documented his research on Marcel Ciampi and 19th-century teaching techniques.