The Kingston Piano Trio was founded by Andrew Dicker, Daphne Kennedy, and Susan Mander.
The group members hold music degrees from Boston University, Queen's University, The University of Toronto, and Western University. Furthermore, members have undergone additional training in performing, chamber music, and music pedagogy in classes and workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
All three members of the Kingston Piano Trio are residents of Kingston and active music teachers and performers in the community. Our members have associations with Kingston-based organizations including The Kingston Symphony, The Kingston Baroque Consort, Queen’s University, Sistema Kingston, Orchestra Kingston, The Kingston Community Strings, and the Kingston Youth Orchestra and Ensembles.
Susan discovered her love of teaching piano at the age of fifteen and has been teaching piano ever since, but it was while pursuing her music degree at Western that her love of chamber music was kindled. Since then she has had a dual purpose in life.
Susan moved to London, England where she lived for five years, working at St. John’s Smith Square Concert Hall and performing in chamber music recitals in England, Scotland and Wales. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and attended master classes and concerts in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland, all the while continuing to teach and bring her love of music to new generations.
As an adjudicator and examiner with Conservatory Canada, she has travelled across Canada inspiring young people with her positive attitude and passion for music.
Recently Susan fell in love with Kingston and moved here and is thrilled to be making great music with Daphne and Andrew! The Kingston Piano Trio is truly a dream come true!