Education: B.Mus. (Manhattan School of Music), M.Mus. (Manhattan School of Music)
Member Type(s): Faculty
Dina Namer has had an extensive career in both the United States and Canada as a harpsichordist and pianist, performing and recording a wide range of repertoire from Baroque harpsichord to contemporary Canadian piano works. She has a long association with the musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada in Ottawa.
Through the NAC’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon series, she has collaborated with such artists as Bernard Greenhouse, Andrew Dawes, Paul Tortelier, Felix Galimir, Charles Treger, Timothy Eddy, Leone Buyse, Gail Williams and many others.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Namer has been a member of the Aulos Ensemble, a trio for flute, clarinet and piano, the Ottawa Baroque Ensemble, the Kingston Baroque Soloists, and the Sh’ma Ensemble, a group devoted to performing works of composers who died in the Holocaust. Her work with the Aulos Trio culminated in the release of the CanSona CD entitled Playing Tribute, which features chamber works of Canadian composers. More recently she collaborated with violist Lisa Moody in a CD release of solo and chamber works entitled Magdalene Wood.
A long-time member of the Queen’s School of Music faculty, Ms. Namer teaches piano, harpsichord and chamber music in addition to running a busy private studio in Ottawa. She frequently collaborates with other Queen’s faculty in concert. These include several song cycle recitals with baritone Bruce Kelly, as well as chamber concerts with flautist Donelda Gartshore and violinist Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak.
Since 1995, Ms. Namer has performed regularly in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Festival Music and Beyond and the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes in Alexandria, Minnesota. Dina Namer is heard frequently on Minnesota Public Radio, CBC, and Radio Canada.