Laurie Rosewarne, pianist, accordionist
- accordion (free-bass, stradella,
piano, keyboard, chromatic
Laurie Rosewarne holds a A.Mus. diploma in piano pedagogy from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. She studied concert accordion at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and graduated with an ARCT in accordion pedagogy. She also holds a B.A. (Major in Music) from Carleton University. She is a founding member of Camerata Music. She taught music history at the University of Ottawa summer school from 1996 until 2015. Laurie performs regularly as a concert accordionist (often as part of Duo Arcana, a concert accordion duo with Pierre-Paul Provencher). As well, she is a founding member and pianist of the tango nuevo quintet Norteño (www.norteno.ca) and is frequently heard on the CBC and Radio-Canada networks. Among various highlights, Norteño has performed at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1999 representing Argentina before an audience of 20,000, at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival (opening for Branford Marsalis). In November 2003, Norteño produced its first CD entitled “Milonga d’automne”. Norteño’s second CD, “Last Tango in Montreal” was released in July 2007. Norteño’s third CD of original music entitled “Cato’s Life” was released on March 17, 2012, on the occasion of the Québec premiere (with Norteño performing as soloists) of Astor Piazzolla’s opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” at the National Museum of Civilization. These three CDs are available on iTunes. She has performed regularly as accordion accompanist for singer Micheline Scott (since 1984), in a repertoire of “chansons françaises”. Since 1998, she has accompanied Noël Samyn in songs by Brel, Reggiani, Trenet, Ferré, etc.
In June of 2017, Laurie received a “top teacher” award from the Ottawa Steinway Piano Gallery. The award recognizes teachers who go “above and beyond” in their teaching, for their dedication, their love of music, with the results of their studios and their own personal musicianship.
I started teaching when I was 16, and have taught regular
students of piano, accordion, theory and music history since that time.
I teach children (age 7 and over) and adults (beginners, or those coming back to music). I try to bring out the personality and personal style of each of my students and give them a sense of musicality and confidence.
I participate in the regular concerts organized by the other teachers of Camerata Music. In addition, I organize regular concerts for my adult students, often with a “group lesson” before. I love to play with other musicians, and so I regularly play piano-four-hands with my students, or accordion duets. This spring, most of my students have worked on various movements of Ravel’s “Ma Mère L’Oye”.
I also believe in preparing and maintaining a repertoire of pieces that my students can play. Some of these pieces are memorized, but they are all pieces that my students like and have perfected, and kept in their fingers, over the long term.
Many of my students do Royal Conservatory of Music exams. I believe that this really helps to raise the level of students and to show them how to prepare and practise well. That said, there are other things to do besides exams. So, my students and I decide together when it is time for another exam.
I really enjoy teaching both children and adults. These two groups require a quite different approach, which is fun for me!
I also offer lessons in French.