Edwin Gnandt


Edwin Gnandt


Post graduate studies (Juilliard School of Music)

MMus (University of Washington)

BMus (University of Calgary)


Edwin Gnandt has enjoyed a varied career as a pianist and educator: twenty five years as a Professor of Piano at Ambrose University in Calgary, author, adjudicator, workshop clinician and international speaker.  He has been praised by the San Francisco Examiner for his "consistently alluring sound," by the Oakland Tribune for his "ear for phrasing," and by the Los Angeles Times for his "distinct refinement." Mr. Gnandt’s performances have taken him throughout Canada and the United States as well as to Russia and Scotland.  Recently, he was invited as a visiting Professor of Music at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, California. His book “The Soul of the Music: Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano” (2014) has been recently published and received with excellent reviews. 

In recent years Mr. Gnandt has conducted extensive research into the mind and music of Frydryk Chopin.  In preparation for his upcoming book entitled “The Inner World of Frydryk Chopin: Psychology, Medicine and the Majorca Period”, he has made research trips to Paris, France and the Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa on the Island of Majorca where Chopin spent the winter of 1838-1839.

Professor Gnandt presents and chairs regularly at international conferences including the annual ‘Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities’ (HICAH), the ‘International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference’ (IJAS) in Barcelona, Spain; the International IJAS conference at the Ca Foscari University of Venice, Italy; and the IJAS conference in Florence, Italy.

He is a regular contributor to various summer piano institutes including the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Piano Academy, the Mt. Royal University Summer Piano Institute, Calgary CASSA Musical Arts and the PT. Loma Summer Piano Institute in San Diego.  

Mr. Gnandt has studied at a number of prestigious institutions, including the University of Washington (Randolph Hokanson), University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Canada Council Grant), and the Juilliard School of Music (Adele Marcus). He has collaborated and recorded with various artists of national and international stature.  His piano students have participated in national and international piano competitions and have gone on to graduate studies at recognized institutions in Canada and the USA.  He is listed in the Lexington's Who's Who of Professionals in North America. Mr. Gnandt has served as faculty member at Ambrose University since 1995.

Critical Reviews 

Benjamin Epstein, Los Angeles Times:

Edwin Gnandt is a pianist of sensitivity; he has about him that elusive but distinct refinement that a wine connoisseur or a horseman might refer to as breed. One gets the impression that at his worst, this pianist couldn't offend one's sensibilities that a lapse of taste wouldn't figure in his musical makeup. 

Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Chronicle:

Gnandt seems to have an endless variety of tonal weight at his command. He possesses a French style of coloration - like a painting that features 15 shades of light blue and 20 shades of dark blue. 

Aldo Ciccolini, Concert Pianist:

He possesses a rare gift that few people have - he phrases from the heart.

Charles Shere, Oakland Tribune:

Gnandt polished this outgoing concerto nicely with a fine finger technique and an ear for phrasing.

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner:

Gnandt made a most consistently alluring sound - his most impressive showing came with a sweeping Romantic reading of the Chopin Ballade in F minor.

Don Forsyth, Penticton Herald:

The Liszt was performed with flowing strength and magnificent phrasing, passing from strikingly clear attacks to romantic liquid legato phrases.