Tyson is a Celtic & Jazz pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher based in Ottawa, Ontario.
Tyson currently performs an eclectic mix of musical styles including Celtic, jazz, popular, and classical. He complements his solo and group performances by teaching workshops and private lessons with a focus on Cape Breton piano accompaniment. Audiences, musicians, and students are drawn to his vibrant piano performances, engaging personality, and professionalism.
Growing up, he studied classical and popular music in Ottawa. For eight years he lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he became a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He returned to Ottawa and received a music degree from Carleton University focusing on Celtic and jazz piano.
His performances range from high-energy stage productions to intimate musical gatherings. He has played for international festivals, musical theatre, and cruise ships as well as square dances, ceilidhs, and many community events.
Tyson’s passion for music has inspired him to create a fulfilling life of musical adventures!
WITH ANNA LUDLOW
Fiddler, Vocalist, Dancer
2020 National Arts Centre (opened for Dervish) – Ontario, Canada
2019 Almonte Celtfest – Ontario, Canada
2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival – Ontario, Canada
2017 Ottawa Bluesfest – Ontario, Canada
2016 Ontario Festival of Small Halls – Ontario, Canada
2016 Tim Horton’s Brier – Ontario, Canada
WITH BEN MILLER & ANITA MACDONALD
Scottish Border Pipes, Cape Breton Fiddle, Gaelic Song
2017 Celtic Colours International Festival – Nova Scotia, Canada
2017 The Gaelic College – Nova Scotia, Canada
2016 Tønder Festival – Tønder, Denmark
2016 Acadia Trad Festival – Maine, USA
2016 PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls – Prince Edward Island, Canada
2015 Holland America Cruises – Atlantic Provinces, Canada
Recordings with Jane & Kyle
The Prism Within (2017)
From Ottawa to Sligo: Jane Smarzik's / Bob Stone's / Lost for Words / Robert Froom's / Anthony Vial's / The Bogard Reel / Algoma Trad / Jim Hunter's 13:090:00/13:09
A Day at the Lake (2015)
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Cape Breton Strathspey/Reels from Russia to Canada (2015)
KeyReel Raskolenko, Tyson Chen