Alis An

Alis An, a Canadian pianist and Doctor of Music candidate at the Royal College of Music, is pursuing her research under the guidance of Christina Guillaumier and Danny Driver, supported by an RCM Studentship.

Alis' concerts have taken her across Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the UK; most recently, she appeared as the soloist for Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra dell’Università di Milano-Bicocca, in Autumn 2023, at Villa Olmo in Como, Italy. Her performing experience, which extends to non-traditional repertoire, led her to collaborate with groups such as London-based contemporary music ensemble Cat’s Cradle Collective as their principal keyboardist. Additionally, her performances for contemporary music initiative 900presente’s productions, including Bruno Maderna's Don Perlimplin (2020) and Philippe Manoury’s Hypothèses du sextuor (2022), were broadcast on Radiotelevisione Svizzera.

Her doctoral research, based on her own artistic practice, aims to delve into the technical nuances of piano performance. Through practical methodologies, Alis seeks to explore the connection between exercises, études, technique, and virtuosity. Her endeavor is to address existing pedagogical problems associated with technique, unveiling implicit or seemingly inaccessible knowledge, often inherent in 1:1 teaching dynamics.

Alis has received generous support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Foundation, the Winspear Fund, and the Anne Burrows Music Foundation. Her accolades include the ’19/‘20 Pauline Hartley Award at the Royal College of Music, recognition at international competitions like the Premio E. Tschaikowsky, the Tadini International Music Competition, the Montecatini International Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and the International Music Competition Paris. Her mentors included William Grant Naboré and Natalia Trull.

Alis co-organizes the Arte Solidale Festival, an international classical music festival dedicated to supporting young artists and aiding minors in need. The festival's collaborations with social organizations around Lake Como culminated in a fully-booked 9th Edition in September 2023, featuring seven concerts in venues like Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta.

Faculties / departments: Research


Research areas


Music Education


Research supervisors

Christina Guillaumier

Danny Driver


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Alis An

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