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CD "SOUNDSCAPES OF SPAIN"
18 tracks of solo piano music of Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, and Joaquin Turina.
Total time 67:29 Produced at the Banff Centre of the Arts
WRC8-8144

CD "THE EVOCATIVE PIANO"
21 tracks of solo piano music of William Baines, Frederick Delius, Cyril Scott, E.J. Moeran, John Ireland, Leo Smith, John Alden Carpenter, and Charles Griffes.
Total time 68:18 Produced at the Banff Centre of the Arts
WRC8-7667

CD "POEMS FOR PIANO"
22 tracks of solo piano music of Ernest Bloch, Frank Bridge, Edward MacDowell, Cyril Scott and Alexander Scriabin.
Total time 71:22 Produced at the Banff Centre for the Arts WRC8-7148

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Well known in the Atlantic region of Canada for her solo and chamber music performances, radio broadcasts, adjudicating and teaching, Frances Gray has recorded three solo piano CDs—Poems For Piano and The Evocative Piano (both of which were nominated for East Coast Music Awards in the classical category) and Soundscapes Of Spain which has just been released this year. Her performances have taken her to every province in Canada as well as to the United States, Canada House in London and elsewhere in England, the Canadian Embassy in Brussels, the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the University of Melbourne in Australia. She has collaborated with many soloists and chamber groups, particularly in ensemble playing with string instruments. Pianist and keyboardist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra, she has performed a number of times as soloist with orchestra, most recently with the PEISO in the Gershwin Piano Concerto. She has also appeared in concert at the Indian River Festival on a regular basis.

Frances Gray was born to Scottish immigrant parents living in the province of Quebec. She began piano lessons at the age of six and pursued a Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University in Montreal where she studied piano with Professor Dorothy Morton and received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal upon graduation. Awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship, she spent the following year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England under the tutelage of pianist Guy Jonson. The next years took her to Indiana University on Canada Council grants where she completed Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees as a student of Menahem Pressler, renowned pianist and member of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has been a long-time valued member on faculty in the Music Department of the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown where she continues to teach as Professor of Piano and Music Theory.