PORTRAIT paints a picture of Maghan McPhee's musical identity. It encompasses a variety of styles from classical to contemporary. Feeling at home in many styles of classical music she is primarily driven by texts that resonate with her. For her first CD, she chose to highlight a variety of art song treasures from Mozart's lieder collection, to Gian Carlo Menotti's very personal Five Songs, with texts written by Menotti himself. Other gems include rarely performed melodies by Jules Massenet and Ravel's famous Cinq chansons populaires grecque.


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Sonnet Matinal - Massenet (from Portrait)

Artists' Biographies

Parvaneh Eshghi:

A highly acclaimed pianist in the Ottawa area, Parv has studied with illustrious Canadian pianists Jean-Paul Sevilla, Andrew Tunis, Louis-Philippe Pelletier and Richard Raymond. She has been heard many times on CBC Ottawa and has recorded for the Radio-Canada's Jeunes Artistes program. She has performed memorable recitals as a soloist and chamber musician at the Chateau Laurier, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber Festival, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as well as for the concert series of St. Brigid's Church, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa and Mackay United Church.

As a versatile and multifaceted musician, Parv has been a vocal and instrumental coach for 20 years, has had extensive training in solo singing and has conducted choirs as well, from St. Brigid's Catholic Church, where she programmed many fundraising concerts featuring choir and guest soloists, All Saints' Anglican Church, as well as Mackay United Church.

Parv remains active with many performances throughout Ottawa, as a soloist and ensemble pianist. She collaborates regularly with mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, a Canadian treasure and artist of international fame. She was invited to play piano for Carmen on Tap, an exciting modern rendition of the opera Carmen, directed by Brent Krysa, starring Julie Nesrallah, Maghan McPhee, Richard Troxell and Benjamin Covey. Last fall, Parv recorded a CD of Irish, English and Scottish folk songs by distinguished composers such as Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter, with Ottawa soprano Tracy Whalen.

Parv passionately believes in the sanctity of the concert experience, where performer and audience come together to create a transformative experience, one that shifts inner energy and furthers emotional profundity, positively enriching the course of life. Parv performs a broad range of styles, strives to learn music from all eras, as well as interpret diverse works with exceptional conviction.

Shauna McDonald:

Shauna McDonald joined the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinettist in September 2008. She frequently performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as her numerous other chamber groups, including the Harmonious Pigs Trio, the Ayorama and Bel Canto quintets, and l'Ensemble Prisme. Shauna has performed as a soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Deep River symphony as well as the Pembroke Symphony.

Ms. McDonald is on faculty at the University of Ottawa, and coaches/conducts at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. She presents master-classes in various schools in the Ottawa region and coaches sectionals for local community orchestras, in addition to keeping a private clarinet studio.

Shauna began her clarinet study with Stephen Robb in Vancouver, BC. Her musical training includes a bachelor degree from McGill University with Robert Crowley, and a Master's degree with honours in Performance with Larry Combs at DePaul University in Chicago.

Maghan McPhee:

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