A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, John-Paul Ksiazek teaches for the U of L Conservatory of Music and works as a collaborative pianist with choirs, soloists, and ballet. He completed an Artist’s Diploma at the University of Montréal in 2010, studying with Maneli Pirzadeh. He earned his Master of Music degree under the direction of Jacques Després and Patricia Tao at the University of Alberta, and he performed as soloist with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra in Edmonton’s Winspear Centre as part of the Cantando Festival. John-Paul completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Lethbridge, where he studied with Glen Montgomery. He has been an artist in residence at The Banff Centre and participated in summer programs in Orford, Québec and Toronto, Ontario. Throughout his studies, John-Paul has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships, as well as grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has performed in master classes with Jeanie Chung, Richard Goode, Henk Guittart, the Lafayette Quartet, Lee Kum Sing, Marietta Orlov, James Parker, Hardy Rittner, Thomas Sauer, and Jean-Paul Sevilla.