Tatiana Harrison

Ballet Pianist
B. Mus.
Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music

A long-time resident of Victoria, Tatiana is a ballet pianist who began her career in Moscow – the mecca of Russian Ballet – in 1974. She began working as a ballet pianist at the Moscow State Concert department with renowned Asaf Messerer (uncle of M. Plisetskaya) and his wife Iryna Tichomirnova in 1975. She later joined the State Institute of Performing Arts, followed by work at the Bolshoi Company. Tatiana was awarded a state contract to travel to Syria to help establish the first Arabic Performing Arts Academy in the Middle East. After her return to Russia, in 1990 she immigrated to Canada and continued with her passion for working with professional dancers.

For the last 25 years Tatiana has accompanied numerous classes, rehearsals, master classes, ballet exams, dance productions, collaborating with most of the professional companies across Canada and the U.S. Her exceptional musicality and gentle touch has inspired talented dancers at the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and the prime ballet company in the U.S.: the Joffrey Ballet.

She joined Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning, the co-founders of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 1999. Since that time she has been an ongoing supporter and contributor of the College dance department.