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The Millar Piano Duo has been giving high-energy performances since 2008, appearing in venues and series in Canada and the U.S. including Westwood Concerts (Toronto), Tapestry Concerts (Lancaster, ON), Sunday Rendez-vous at Stewart Hall (Pointe-Claire, QC), Gallery 345 (Toronto), the Musideum (Toronto), Music on the Hill (Rhode Island), Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and the Arlene Kies Piano Recital and Master Class Series at the University of New Hampshire.

In 2019, they launched a new show in collaboration with artist Antonietta Kies, titled Clavier à Couleurs: An Exhibit of Piano Preludes. The event attracted a full house at Heliconian Hall in Toronto and included a vernissage followed by a concert. The first half featured the solo preludes of Scriabin (op. 11) with projections of artwork created by Kies specifically for the occasion. The preludes of Chopin (op. 28) rounded out the second half of program and were accompanied by texts penned by piano legends Hans von Bülow and Alfred Cortot.

At the onset of the global pandemic the husband and wife duo were among the first to stage a triptych of popular livestream concerts, attracting hundreds of viewers on both sides of the border. In the fall of 2020, they produced a virtual teachers’ workshop for the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association as well as concert videos for the Toronto Music Alliance and Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. Upcoming projects include a video of music by Antonín Dvořák for CMSM @home (December 2021). Additionally, a concert in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the publication of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach is planned for the autumn of 2022.

The duo looks forward to reconnecting with local audiences in-person this coming spring. They are an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Toronto Music Alliance and may be heard on composer Frank Horvat’s album: Me to We.