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Angela Hewitt (b1958)


Hewitt’s father was a distinguished organist from Yorkshire. When offered the choice of being assistant organist at Westminster Abbey or organist of Ottawa Cathedral he chose the latter, leaving England in 1931. As a child Angela Hewitt also played the violin and recorder, and took ballet lessons, but her first piano recital was nevertheless given at the age of seven where she played Bach inventions. From the age of six Hewitt studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ottawa, remaining for nine years and graduating at eighteen with a Bachelor of Music degree. Hewitt then studied with Jean-Paul Sevilla at the University of Ottawa, although she credits her father for having had most musical influence on her. Two years later she decided to go to Paris, living in a studio at the Cité des Arts and eventually staying for seven years. During this time Hewitt joined the competition circuit, taking part in the Dino Ciani Competition in Milan, the Casadesus Competition in Cleveland, the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, and the International Bach Competitions in Leipzig and Washington DC. Hewitt made her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall and won first place at the Viotti Competition in Vercelli, Italy, but it was her first place in the 1985 Toronto Bach Competition that secured her position as an eminent Bach player. Added exposure was gained with a recording for Deutsche Grammophon which was part of the Competition first prize. Since then Hewitt has played throughout North America and Europe (making her London debut at the Wigmore Hall), Russia, Japan,

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