Canadian collaborative pianist, Danielle Guina, received her Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr. Active in vocal and instrumental areas, Danielle has performed in concert and festivals in Canada, Italy, and the United States including SongFest, duo526's Sonata Seminar, the FCMF National Music Festival and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. Danielle received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2018 from Brandon University. She has received many awards and scholarships including the Brooks Smith Fellowship in Piano Accompanying, the Ruth and Arno Drucker Scholarship, the Brandon University Gold Medal for the Bachelor of Music Degree, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Prince Edward Arts Scholarship. Danielle has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists Margo Garrett, Lydia Brown, Alan Louis Smith, Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Kevin Murphy, Alexandra Nguyen, Andrew Harley, Hila Plitmann, Nicole Cabell, Murray McLachlan, Andrei Pisarev, Douglas Finch, Futaba Niekawa, the Cecilia String Quartet and more, and has worked with composers Jake Heggie, David McIntyre, and Diego Vega.
Danielle is a founding member of the trumpet and piano duo Power of Two with trumpeter, Kayla Solomon. Power of Two is dedicated to performing works by Canadian and underrepresented composers, including those from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. This includes uncovering hidden gems in the trumpet and piano duo repertoire, as well as commissioning new works. As femaile-identifying musicians Power of Two aims to inspire and empower young women in music through leading by example. Not only are they recitalists, but they are also dedicated to outreach and education which is partially done by visiting schools and offering masterclasses and workshops. Power of Two believes in making strong connections with communities, whether they are large or small, to assist in the continuation of interest in the arts. Through their programming and educational aspects to their recitals, they aim to make trumpet and piano duo repertoire more accessible and representative of the world today.
Not only is Danielle a collaborative pianist, she is also a singer and educator. While completing her bachelor's degree in piano performance, she simultaneously completed an additional major in vocal performance under the direction of Naomi Forman. She has been a soloist with members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the Brandon University Concert Choir and she has performed internationally as both a singer and pianist. She has toured within Canada as part of the Brandon University Chorale and has been involved with choirs, ensembles, and productions of all levels since the age of 7.
Danielle is passionate about sharing her love of music with others, and she has been teaching piano and voice to ages 4-18 privately for the past 10+ years. She has also been a guest teacher and clinician to all ages and skill levels across the prairies in both piano and vocal areas. She currently teaches piano, voice, and theory to people of all ages and skill levels at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music in Brandon and Killarney, MB. She has a passion for learning, and is thrilled to be able to pass that on to creative young minds that will be the musicians of the future!
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