Monica Pfau has achieved recognition in her career as a concert pianist and teacher, with performances throughout Canada, in Europe, & the USA. Raised in Victoria, BC, she started her studies with Winifred Scott Wood, later continuing with Dr. Robin Wood at the University of Victoria. She was highly successful in her early competitive career, winning numerous competitions and top awards, including the national Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in Canada on the ARCT Performance Diploma and in 1986, a German Academic Exchange Scholarship for studies at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Munich, Germany. Achieving the highest academic award of the UVic Fine Arts department, she graduated with a BMus in Performance and was awarded the prestigious “Victoria Medal” from the university. Thereafter she accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Ronald Turini, and later became accompanist-in-residence at the acclaimed Banff International School of the Arts. Monica completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at UBC as a student of Kum-Sing Lee, continuing at the university with a Fellowship for Doctoral Studies under Jane Coop. In the course of her musical education she has also studied under John Perry, Gyorgy Sebok, Menahem Pressler and Abbey Simon.
After winning First Place in the UBC Concerto Competition she made her orchestral debut under Kazuyoshi Akiyama and her performances have often been featured on CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance”. Monica has performed as orchestral pianist with the Vancouver Symphony, as soloist with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernardi, and has recorded for the National Film Board of Canada. She has collaborated in recitals and recording projects with international artists such as the Fine Arts Quartet (USA) and Janos Starker, as well as with many of the area’s finest musicians. Monica has maintained a very successful teaching studio in Vancouver for many years. She is passionate about chamber music and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.