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Evan Wish

"Music from the heart, for those who have heart."

“ Evan writes music based on life experiences, and the result is nothing short of stunning! The melodies are beautifully crafted and inspiring, and the playing is deep-rooted in the heartfelt tradition of pianists."

Canadian composer and solo concert pianist is currently residing in Los Angeles.

My years of effort to hone my performance skills and tap into the great harmonic vibration that encompasses us all began in a small Canadian city named Brandon with the Conservatory of Music. It was there, at age 7, that my musical odyssey began -- a journey of love that has taken me from Canada to the United States and Europe with ties to East Asia. My mentors kept me focused, which helped me win first-place awards in classical competitions and recognition as a gifted young pianist. Playing saxophone in the high school band and oboe in the city orchestra also expanded my musical horizons.

After graduating, jobs included designing a music program for pre-schoolers, playing piano with a traveling theater troupe and providing accompaniment for a free-style dance class with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After three years of additional training with two mentors (classical and jazz) in Winnipeg, and a desire to establish respect as a composer in the entertainment industry, led to my audition and being accepted at the private Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. Where my real "work" began with funding provided by the Manitoba and Canadian Government in Ottawa. Composing and arranging for Big Band and up to 72-piece orchestra were priorities at this school, where studying the 20 styles of "The American Sound" broadened my understanding of traditional music and its performance with professional musicians.

In the late 1980s, gigs at various 5 star hotels from Coconut Grove, Florida to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, special VIP engagements, performances in conjunction with Hollywood walk of fame star inauguration parties and writing for film and TV in a variety of genres provided valuable musical insights.

In France during the mid 1990s, my effort to establish myself as an artist resulted in numerous concert dates, billed as, “La passion d’un romantique” - translated to, “The passion of a romantic.” My two-year stay in France, also garnered praise from various arts sources and critics, and included consultations with several impresarios and influential people in the world of European music.

Returning to the US, I once again took on some writing projects and private instruction with the esteemed Dr. Yakov Birman from Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory in The Art of Performance and Birman taught me to be aware of every note before it is played. Absorbing his technique profoundly altered my musical approach and creative direction. Classical study focused on J.S. Bach (Sinfonien), Chopin (Paderewski Nocturnes & Studies), Haydn Operas (Samtliche Klaviersonaten) and Czerny (The School of Velocity).

In 2004, the culmination of my life-long infusion of knowledge, practice, technique and writing resulted in my Début album of 13 solo piano compositions, "Lullaby of Love." A Debut at #3 on the global New Age charts with a Grammy nod in Best of Album category in 2005. It was produced by Grammy nominee Peter Granet and recorded live in the studio in 8 hours. That was followed in 2010 by the Granet-produced "Forget-me-not, blue" which received critical acclaim, artist features, editorials, widespread global radio airplay, numerous 5 Star reviews, Pick of the Week (CT.) and CD of the Week in The Netherlands.

Recorded as solo piano with live strings on select pieces and the addition of a Humanitarian statement with the spoken words of Nobel Peace Prize recipients, it rated a Top 10 for 3 months and a Top 100 for 6 months. Recognized in 2011 by the Grammys in 3 Best of Album categories and with the Hollywood Music in Media Awards - Officially Nominated for the title track in its Classical/Orchestral category for the piece "Forget-me-not, blue."