Albert Krywolt

Albert Krywolt is one of Canada’s foremost collaborative pianists. His career as a vocal coach and musician in opera and art song spans more than four decades, working with some of the world’s greatest classical singers on the national and international stage. As resident music director of the Edmonton Opera Association, followed by 28 years as music staff and Chief Coach with the Canadian Opera Company, plus numerous independent projects, Albert worked with Dame Joan Sutherland, Maureen Forrester, Ben Heppner, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Adrianne Pieczonka, among many other eminent artists. Career highlights include serving as head coach for Wagner’s Ring cycle for the Canadian Opera Company's inaugural season in its new house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto in 2006; touring with COC productions to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, and the Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hong Kong International Festivals; and guest coaching for Pittsburgh Opera and Spoleto Festival USA. 

For the past decade, Albert has been the lead collaborative pianist for the Ukrainian Art Song Project, a multi-year international research, performance, and recording initiative led by British bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka. With UASP he has recorded more than 250 works composed by Liudkevych, Lysenko, Stepovyi, Stetsenko, and Turkewich, performed by Hunka and leading Canadian artists including Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russell Braun, and Krisztina Szabó. Albert played for both UASP Koerner Hall gala performances of Lysenko and The Galicians, and premiered Shevchenko and Shakespeare with Pavlo Hunka at Harvard University in Boston and at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City.