Calgary native, Lana Henchell, graduated with her Doctoral degree in piano performance from McGill University under
the tutelage of Richard Raymond. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance with Marilyn Engle at the University of Calgary. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants from
the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Max Stern Foundation and the
Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival (Rose Bowl, 1994).
Lana made her orchestral début with the Calgary Civic Symphony at the age of 13, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the University of Calgary Orchestra, the Calgary Civic Symphony,
the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the McGill Symphony.
She has received top prizes in competitions such as the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competitions, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Shean Piano Competition. Her First Prize win at the
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Piano Competition (for contemporary Canadian music) lead
to a six-week concert tour across Canada.
Some performance highlights include concerts at the Alberta Scene Festival (Ottawa; featured on CBC Radio Two), L’Académie Musicale Internationale (France) and the World Coimbra Piano Meeting (Portugal). Most recently, she won the Piano Duo
Special Prize “Francis Poulenc” at the 2018 Coimbra World Piano Competition with Carmen Morin.
In addition to performing, Lana teaches privately and at the University of Calgary.
She is an avid adjudicator—offering masterclasses and clinics around the province. In recent years, she has served as a juror for the Honens ProAm Piano Competition and the Canadian Music Competitions, held across Canada.
Currently, she is spearheading a performance and touring program—Soundboard Music Tour—which aims to promote classical music, offer educational enrichment to aspiring musicians and create awareness of the arts in Alberta.