Liz Craig is an award winning, Toronto-based pianist with a passion for making every event special through live music. She offers custom tailored piano performances for over 100 weddings and events each year in southern Ontario. She is the proud recipient of the Best of Weddings award from the Knot.com for live wedding music. While classically trained, Liz performs a wide variety of styles of music including her own arrangements of jazz and the newest popular songs. Liz has found great success and personal satisfaction using her music to help others celebrate important milestones.
Besides performing regularly, she has been teaching piano and music theory lessons since 2006. Liz provides a student-centered curriculum which focuses on developing musical literacy from beginning to advanced levels. During the summer months she has instructed a piano & composition day camp she designed that encourages children to learn through discovery with their peers. Liz is sought after as a piano adjudicator for music festivals throughout southern Ontario. She is a member of both the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and the Conservatory Canada College of Examiners. She is also an active member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association where she serves as President of the Central Toronto Branch.
To complement her teaching and performing activities, she has been involved with many collaborative projects. Her current undertaking is writing and performing the music for a short film called Doll by director Andrew McPhillips. She has consulted and performed on recordings by local singer/songwriters, sang with and accompanied choirs, and worked with many soloists in preparation for music festivals, auditions and exams. Liz spent a term as Assistant Music Director at Grace Anglican Church in Scarborough where she was given the opportunity to organize a concert series called Grace Presents. This series aimed to bring world class live music to the suburban community as well as provide an opportunity for solo musicians and ensembles to showcase their work in an intimate setting.
Liz had the privilege of studying with Juilliard alumnus Dr. David Moroz at the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She also holds ARCT Diplomas in both Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Along with her formal educational pursuits, she is keen on continued professional development. Liz travels and presents at conferences on piano pedagogy, music performance and entrepreneurship a few times a year at locations throughout Canada and the US. Due to her work in these areas, she has earned numerous awards including the Richardson Scholarship in Music and the Kristin and Albert Stephenson Music Scholarship from IODE Canada.