Ron Davis

Instrument: Piano | Location: Toronto

Virtuoso performance…consummate artistry, blending superior control and tonal lucidity with a cohesive sense of line and motion… jazz music could hardly be better served.
—WholeNote (January 2018)

Updated: January 3, 2019

“One of the most tenacious and engaging musical artists in Canada... an artist at the peak of his creativity and technical facility.” - WholeNote

Ron Davis. Pianist, composer, CBC and BBC Radio repeat performer, international favourite, solo artist, critics’ choice.

Ron Davis is a Canadian jazz visionary. His music blends genres and pushes boundaries, building on his jazz and classical training. He seeks new textures, new forms, new compositions, new formations and new ways of presenting his signature sound without losing a connection to audiences. The music is diverse in a characteristically Canadian way.

Ron is the founder of SymphRONica, which combines a stellar Canadian jazz ensemble with full symphony orchestra or string quartet, playing original compositions. The result is genre-defying and musically electrifying. SymphRONica just launched its 6th season here in Toronto.

After early classical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Margaret Parsons Poole and William Andrews, Ron studied with Darwyn Aitken, a student of both Oscar Peterson, and classical great David Saperton (George Gershwin’s brother-in-law).

Ron has released 12 critically acclaimed albums. He has traveled the world playing his innovative, fresh music. From Toronto to Tokyo to London to Edinburgh. Recent experiences include several performances on BBC Radio 3, one in Trafalgar Square for Canada 150 celebrations, and repeat invitations to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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• “Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is truly an ensemble like no other. Energetic, virtuosic, charming, worldly … excitingly unpredictable and fresh… virtuosity and drive …” - WholeNote (November 2018)

• “Not like anything else out there. …Your mind will be blown … a sound which truly represents modern jazz music!” – OrcaSound (November 2018)

• “No wonder he’s been called “one of the great minds in Jazz” by JazzFM and “an innovative force within the world of Jazz” by The National Post.” – TorontoMoon (October 2018)

• “Four Stars… wonderfully wayward eclecticism… sumptuously floating … deftly ranging keyboard work … a wonderful excursion … a pulsing, slamming drive … enjoyably intimate, salon vibe.” – The Scotsman (August 2018)

• “Virtuoso performance…consummate artistry, blending superior control and tonal lucidity with a cohesive sense of line and motion… jazz music could hardly be better served.” - WholeNote (January 2018)

• “Four Stars… Davis’ ideas have some resemblance to Pink Martini… serious musical ability is juxtaposed with wit.” – The Herald, Scotland (July 2017)

• “Absolutely superb…inspirational… some of the best classically-infused jazz on the planet.” – Patricia Silver – edfringe.com

• “Superb (SymphRONica)” - The Royal Philharmonic Society, UK (May 2017)

• “Endlessly inventive!” - Jazz.FM91 (April 2016)

• “Ron Davis has reaffirmed his position as one of the most tenacious and engaging musical artists in Canada.” – WholeNote (January 2016)

• ”Ron Davis is a name that is synonymous with creativity, inventiveness, eclecticism..

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