Condensed Bio:Kimberly Cann is a concert pianist, educator, and social advocate. She currently resides in WNC and serves as board member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, community advisory board member of NPR station WCQS (88.1), and recently stepped down as President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum (2012-2014). She is the Founder and Director of Operations at Piano Lab Studios and enjoys concertizing and fraternizing in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, daughter and friends.
Complete Bio: West Indian-American Kimberly Cann began formal piano studies at age 6, when her family moved from Bermuda to the US. At age 12, she performed her first solo recital, and the following year, she performed her first concerto (Beethoven’s “Emperor”) with orchestra. By the age of 18, she had performed as soloist with five orchestras (e.g., the Florida Orchestra) and was soon to win her first national piano competition.
Kimberly enjoys teaching as much as she does performing, and has taught over 300 students, many of whom have gone on to win competitions and receive college scholarships. In 2006, she accepted the positions of visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). Her students excelled and received national awards for their work. In 2008, she returned to the states and married double bassist Aaron Brown. Now living in WNC, she is founder and director of Piano Lab Studios. She also performs with her husband, sister/concert pianist Michelle Cann (under management with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists) and others. She served as the President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum (a non-profit organization committed to music education for all) from the 2012-2014 seasons, and she continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Community Advisory Board of NPR station WCQS.
Her educational forays include study at the Van Cliburn Institute in Fort Worth, TX, the Brevard Music Festival (NC), and a Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music in NY in 2006. Her teachers have included Kathryn Hilliard, John Crawley, Rita Fandrich, Gary Wolf, Marilyn Neeley, and Barry Snyder. Appearances both nationally and abroad have been met with critical acclaim; her playing has been described as “striking, tempestuous…” and “exceedingly colorful” (The Royal Gazette), and her outreach programs and masterclasses were praised as “fantastic.” She has been featured on several national and international media programs and has had the pleasure of working with many esteemed artists through the years, including Sergei Babayan and Christopher O’Reilly. To view a sampling of video and audio clips of Kimberly and of The Cann Duo (Kimberly & Michelle, sisters/concert pianists), click here.