Milton Schlosser is a noted pianist, teacher, and scholar. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by the University of Alberta in 2018 and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. The Toronto Star’s review of Milton’s CD 1890 exemplifies the type of artistry he is known for, acclaiming his playing for its “emotionally expressive, powerfully intimate journeys through beautiful harmonies and counterpoint.”
During his university career, Milton was the recipient of numerous teaching- and research-related awards, including a prestigious McCalla Professorship for his significant contributions to research, teaching, and learning. Based at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, he also taught graduate-level piano pedagogy courses in Edmonton.
Milton continues to be active as an artist. He has performed in live and broadcast performances as solo recitalist, collaborative pianist, and soloist with orchestra. Solo recital engagements have taken him to China, Ireland, France, Germany, the US, and Japan.
He has released five recordings that feature him as a soloist and collaborative pianist performing pieces drawn from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Two of the recordings highlight works by renowned American composer Frederic Rzewski, including one piece commissioned by Milton. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, where his primary mentors were Robert Stangeland and Stéphane Lemelin. Alongside his activities as a pianist, Milton has published as a researcher and composer, has performed as organ recitalist, and today trains and competes in triathlon events.
Two publications serve to illustrate his unique perspectives and diverse interests. “Music, the Liberal Arts, and Rural Identity: The Not-So-Straight-Road” appears in the book Roads Taken: The Professorial life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good. The chapter traces Milton’s career and the distinctive, quality teaching that can occur on a smaller-sized liberal arts campus in a rural location. “Minding the music: Neuroscience, video recording, and the pianist” is found in the International Journal of Music Education. The article offers best practices in the use of digital video equipment by pianists through the examination of intersections between neuroscience, contemplative studies, and sport psychology.