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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 currently accepting students for her 2018-2019 piano class. Students of any age or level are welcome. Please contact for more information.

Upcoming Events

Edmonton Winds

Thursday, November 29, 2048 | 7:30 PM
Orange Hub (formerly John L. Haar Theatre) | 10045 156 St NW  Edmonton, AB
Guest pianist

Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Festival

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 7 PM
Emcee for 25th Anniversary Gala Concert
Muttart Hall | Alberta College of Music  
10050 MacDonald Dr NW  Edmonton, AB

Concert Tour with Dean McNeill, trumpet

February and March 2019
February 25: Presentation | 4 PM  Concordia College  Edmonton, AB
February 26: Evening public concert  |  Edmonton, AB
February 27: McDougall United Church Noon Hour Concert – The Gentle Trumpet |  Edmonton, AB
February 28: Red Deer Library Concert Series  12:15 PM  |  Red Deer, AB
March 1: Presentation on Contemporary Piano Notation  |  University of Saskatchewan  Saskatoon, SK
March 2: Evening public concert  | Saskatoon, SK
March 3: Afternoon public concert  |  North Battleford, SK


Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival

May 30 – June 2, 2019
Moose Jaw, SK
Piano Adjudicator

Recent Events

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

Guest Lecturer
Music Conference Alberta 2017

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