Edana Higham, originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, is an Ottawa based pianist in demand as both an instructor and collaborative artist. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music (2017) in piano performance from the University of Ottawa. Edana’s principal teachers have included Professor Andrew Tunis, Dr. Stéphane Lemelin, and Dr. Janet Hammock.
Edana is an active member in the Ottawa music teaching community: she teaches at Lycée Claudel, École élémentaire catholique au coeur d’Ottawa and maintains a private studio of both French and English speaking students. She was a research assistant in the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Gilles Comeau, and during her graduate studies she taught undergraduate students who were studying piano as a minor. Edana volunteered accompanying Kidsingers for The Leading Note Foundation. She is also interested in Body Mapping for musicians, having had private sessions with Jennifer Johnson, a licensed Andover Educator. Edana Higham applies all her pedagogical experience and techniques in highly skilled music instruction.
Edana was a Young Artist at the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival at Memorial University of Newfoundland for three consecutive summers (2010-2012). In 2013, she studied with Jean-Paul Sevilla during a summer session in France, which led to a performance at La maison de la musique in Sorel, Quebec. In June, July and August 2015 she studied at the Orford Music Academy in Quebec with Jean Saulnier, Richard Raymond and Benjamin Pasternack and in 2016 returned for the Trio Workshop under the tutelage of the Gryphon Trio.
In November 2017 and again in November/December 2018 she was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with generous support from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Artists Fund. In July 2018, Edana traveled to Belgium to undertake a residency and recital at the Vormingscentrum Destelheide. With a particular affinity for chamber music, Edana enjoys working with her piano trio, and in her innovative piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble.