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Welcome to the website of pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor.

If you are looking for promotional materials, you can find reviews, biographical materials and photos.

If you are interested in contemporary music, there is a listing of commisions and concerts.

There is also information about CDs, including audio clips and purchasing information.

Sylvia is available for adjudicating, guest teaching, master classes, clinics and school presentations, as well as her ongoing private teaching.

Do you have a question about a teaching problem or an idea for a concert? Would you like to put in a request for something you’d like to see included on this website? Please feel free to contact Sylvia.


Sylvia is accepting students for her 2023-24 piano class. Students of any age or level are welcome. Please contact for more information.

Available for Presentation

Sylvia’s latest project From See to Sound to See is now available for presentation. This project explores how visual artists “see” music and how composers “hear” visual art. Pairs of Alberta artists and composers have created new material based on each other’s works and the results are stunning!

The presentation is a piano solo concert with an accompanying visual presentation of the artwork. Suitable for general public, new music festivals, gallery presentations, college art and/or music students. Duration can range from 40 minutes to 65 minutes plus an optional intermission.

Contact Sylvia to book a presentation.

Some audience comments:
“…a wonderful project and an inspiring performance!”; “concert was excellent, wonderful collaboration between Sylvia, composers and artists ... Anyone who attends this concert is in for a treat!!”; “committed and impressive artistry”; “very creative ... a surprise around every corner.”

Past Events

Concordia University  Edmonton, AB
Feb 2023

From See to Sound to See

Edmonton, AB; Red Deer, AB; Saskatoon, SK | 2020, 2021
In-person Piano performance
This concert explored how visual artists "see" music and how composers "hear" visual art. It featured works by Alberta composers and visual artists that were created specifically in response to each others' works.
Composers included Allan Bell, Heather Hindman, Linda J. Purves, Charles Stolte and Ilkim Tongur.
Artists included Karen Cantine, James Lavoie, Sunita LeGallou and Brenda Malkinson.


Grieg Piano Concerto Op. 16 | with Orchestra Borealis
Edmonton, AB
November 5, 2017

University of Saskatchewan 2019
Music Conference Alberta 2017

Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations | CFMTA COVID-19 E-Festival | April 2020
Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival 2019
BC Provincial Music Festival 2017


Shadick-Taylor Composition News

March 2018
Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is pleased to announce that her composition Toadly Awesome for piano duet will be added to the to the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP) syllabus.


Sylvia is proud to present her most recent recording:

Piano NorthWest: Music of William Pura [2015]

Piano NorthWest: Music of William Pura
photo: William Pura

The works written by William Pura feature dramatic pianism and spacious prairie beauty. The CD includes guest appearances by George Andrix, harmonica, and Jon Taylor, snare drum.

“Shadick-Taylor’s biographical entry makes a point of noting her exploration of composers’ ideas and inspirations, musical building blocks, which in combination with her command of her instrument “transform a fine performance into a captivating story.” Pura’s prosaic compositions benefit greatly from the understanding of this “brilliant storyteller.” –David Olds | DISCoveries Editor, WholeNote Magazine, Vol. 20 No. 8

“...Pura paints his musical canvas with wide sweeps of gestural language that ranges from pounding explosions of densely harmonized cluster chords to gossamer light, more linear textures.

“Edmonton pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor proves an ideal partner in realizing Pura’s creative vision, displaying her bravura technique and an utter commitment to this complex music.” –Winnipeg Free Press | March 26, 2015

Sylvia Shadick-Taylor’s Expressions CD shortlisted for 2014 Edmonton Music Prize

November 6, 2014
The shortlist has been determined for the second annual Edmonton Music Prize, a $10,000 cash prize created to recognize Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives who have released a recording in the past 18 months. The award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council, and administered by Alberta Music (the Alberta Music Industry Association). A 1st prize of $8,000 will be awarded to the winner, and two prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to the runners-up.
–Alberta Music

Performances of Sylvia Shadick-Taylor’s Compositions

Somethin’ Nice (for tenor saxophone and piano)

–premiered as encore for Ray Baril’s Doctoral Chamber Music Recital
May 2014 | Edmonton, AB

The Kitty Carol

December 2012

Glenora Elementary School |  Edmonton, AB
–accompanied by Sylvia Shadick-Taylor


Toadly Awesome!
Contemporary Showcase Festival

November 2012
Muttart Hall | Alberta College