Dr.Susan Toman is a versatile and engaging musician who has performed since her earliest years, first as a pianist, and now primarily as a harpsichordist. Prize winner at the 2007 Brugge International Harpsichord Competition, she has received numerous scholarships and grants for her musical studies. She holds a Doctorate from McGill University and a Masters from the University of Michigan.
Susan has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Early Music Festivals in Bloomington, Rochester, and London. She has also performed with members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in their series Serenata St.Jean, and with ensembles Notturna and Tarantella. Together with tenor David Menzies, she co-directs the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal -- a new early-music ensemble in Montreal that produces orchestral and staged works from the baroque and early classical periods. They collaborate regularly with Les Jardins Chorégraphiques, a company specializing in baroque dance.
Susan frequently gives lecture-recitals, workshops, solo concerts, and masterclasses across Canada and the US, engaging audiences in discussions of historical context, instrument construction, and elements of expressive keyboard playing. She has served on faculty at the University of Regina, designed courses for Taylor University and the University of North Texas, and currently teaches online courses for Greenville College (IL).
One of her passions is French music of the baroque, which can be heard on her recording of Rameau’s Nouvelles suites de clavecin, released in 2008 by Centaur Records.
In addition to her baroque specialty, Susan plays the celtic harp, and will tour the Maritimes in July 2013 with soprano Dawn Bailey.