Anita Pari is a composer, pianist, and cellist from Ottawa. Over the past several years, Anita has begun to establish herself as a dedicated and creative Canadian musician, both through her compositional work and through her performances at the piano or cello. Although composing is her focus, Anita is also an accomplished performer who holds ARCT diplomas in both instruments. She has given solo recitals and appeared as soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, including l’Orchestre classique de Montréal, the National Academy Orchestra, and the Lancaster Symphony.
Anita started composing and performing during her early childhood. Since then, she has developed a passion for combining and integrating these two aspects of her musicality through the performance of her own work. In pursuing this, a few highlights have been the premiere of her solo piano composition “Urban Movement” at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and a performance/discussion event featuring her work as part of Ottawa’s Chamberfest (2019).
Besides her own performances, several ensembles have interpreted her music, including the Cecilia String Quartet (“Nocturne for Strings”) and the Harmonia Choir (“Worlds Apart”). Her compositional output includes music for orchestra, choir, chamber groups, and solo piano.
This year, Anita recorded a CD of her recent compositions as a fourth-year project toward her BMus degree. The recording centers around 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 late May (2019), the CD has been made available both in local Ottawa music stores and on Bandcamp.
In addition to the CD project, Anita has been composing a piano concerto this last year, submitting two movements of the work to complete her Honours Portfolio in Composition. She is currently finishing the final requirements of her BMus degree at Carleton University, where her primary teachers have been Dr. James Wright (composition), Nicole Presentey (piano), and Peter Rapson (cello).