Anita Pari is an Ottawa-based composer, pianist, and cellist. Over the past several years, Anita has begun to establish herself as a dedicated and creative Canadian musician, both through her compositional work and her concert performances.
Highlights of Anita's work as a composer and performer include the premiere of her virtuosic solo piano piece “Urban Movement” at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, as well as a performance/discussion event featuring her compositions at the 2019 Ottawa Inter-national Chamber Music Festival. m
Besides her own performances, several ensembles have interpreted her music, including the Cecilia String Quar-
tet (“Nocturne for Strings”) and the Harmonia Choir (“Worlds Apart”). Her compositional output includes music for orchestra, choir, chamber groups, and solo piano.
Last year, Anita recorded a CD of her recent compositions as a fourth-year undergraduate project. The recording features her four-movement cello sonata “Escape,” for which she is joined by pianist Nicole Presentey. The CD also includes Anita’s performances of her solo piano works “Directions” and ”Urban Movement.” Since its release in May 2019, the CD has been made available both in local Ottawa music stores and on Bandcamp.
Although Anita's musical pursuits center around composition, her accomplishments as a classical pianist and cellist are numerous. Anita holds ARCT diplomas of the Royal Conservatory of Music in both instruments, and has given solo recitals across Ontario as well as soloist appearances with orchestras such as l'Orchestre classique de Montréal, the National Academy Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Frost Symphony Orchestra.
This year, Anita completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University, receiving the Governor General's Academic Medal for graduating at the head of the undergraduate class of 2020. Anita's primary teachers at the university have been Dr. James Wright (composition), Nicole Presentey (piano), and Peter Rapson (cello). This September, Anita began a Master of Music degree in Composition at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, where she is working with Dr. Brian Cherney as her primary instructor.