Dianna Neufeld enjoys a musical world where the sky is the only limit. As she lives in the wide- open Canadian prairies, some would say the limit does not exist. In her roles as pianist, composer, collaborator, educator, and administrator, Dianna cultivates a community-centered creative practice that is inviting, inventive, and ever evolving.
Highlight recent musical endeavors include studying and performing as a collaborative pianist at Musiktag am Rhein Festival in Neuwied - Engers, Germany (2022), a long-distance collaboration with American violinist Sean Riley (2021), and Brandon Chamber Players’ 2023 “Gay Guerilla”: a presentation of contemporary 4-piano works which featured Dianna both as a pianist and composer. Dianna completed her Graduate studies in Collaborative Piano with Megumi Masaki at Brandon University in 2022 where she was the winner of the 2021 “Out of Bounds” speaker series.
Well-known for the vivid imagery which often inspires her piano and chamber works, Dianna’s catalog includes appealing compositions for all levels of learners, from pre-reading to early professional. Her works for student pianists can be found in the Northern Lights CNCM Piano Repertoire books, a graded educational series that features primarily Canadian composers. Most recently, her solo piano composition Nocturne “For A Winter’s Night” was featured by Moving Classics TV and selected to be published by EVC Music/UK - Hal Leonard Europe.
Trusted with musical creativity from a young age, Dianna’s interest in guiding young minds led her to complete education and performance degrees at the University of Manitoba after which she began nurturing a private studio in Margaret, Manitoba. Dianna shares her inclusive teaching philosophy and passion for music with students of all ages and is dedicated to sparking inspiration in the next generation of musicians. She has served as a sessional instructor at Brandon University and continues to delight in her thriving private studios in Boissevain and Brandon, Manitoba.
Dianna has devoted much of her life to creating musical opportunities for others. As the President of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association of the Brandon and Westman Branch, Dianna works together with local private teachers to encourage and support the future of the musical community, supporting events which feature Canadian music and musicians. Her work has also extended across Canada as the administrator for the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competitions, which promotes contemporary classical music and honours the musical work of S.C. (Sophie) Eckhardt-Grammatté. Dianna's current role as Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music at Brandon University allows her to continue this community building work on a deep level, bringing teachers and students from the southwest corner of Manitoba together through satellite programs and creating accessible music learning spaces for all abilities and cultures.
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