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Master of Music in Piano Literature and Performance from University of Western Ontario under James Anagnoson.
Bachelor of Music (Honors) from Brandon University under Donald Henry and David Rogosin.
As a soloist, Ms. Wiebe Benstead was a semi-finalist at the 24th annual
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the Performance of Canadian Music, receiving a grant from the Canada Council to attend.
As a collaborative musician she performs on piano, keyboards, and melodica with
the CONTACT Contemporary Music ensemble in Toronto. In 2011, Allison
recorded a CD of works by Brian Eno which was nominated in 2017 for a Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Performance. The recording of Jordan Nobles music, Undercurrents was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award. Her programming has been described by the Globe and Mail as “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining,” and her performances praised by the New York Times as “methodical and mesmerizing.” CONTACT is performing at Mass MOMA Summer 2019 and recording another Grammy contender in Fall 2019.
A senior piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she also recorded components of the RCM's Celebration Series Perspectives CD project launched over the winter of 2008.
Lambton County Music Festival: April 2018
Pickering Rotary Music Festivals: Senior Piano: February 2018/2015/2012/2006
Port Colborne Festival of the Arts: Senior Piano: April 2017/2014
Brantford Contemporary Showcase: February 2017
Guest Artist Piano Master Class: Guelph Youth Music Centre: April 2014
Altona Festival of the Arts: Senior and Junior Piano: April 2011
Morden Festival of the Arts: Senior and Intermediate: April 2011
North York Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition: March 2011
Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects: Ottawa - April 2011; North Bay - April 2010; Dunville, ON - February 2006
Woodstock Rotary Festival of Music: Senior Piano: April 2010
Richmond Music Festival, Richmond, BC: November 2009