Canadian pianist Tema Blackstone began her piano studies as well as her ancillary musical education under Gladys Egbert, a pupil of Ignace Jan Paderewski and Ernest Hutcheson. In the summer sessions at Banff she worked with Marek Jablonski and Menahem Pressler.
The students of the husband and wife team of Hung-Kuan Chen and Blackstone have won numerous competitions and have always played a very central part in their lives. In 1999, they left Boston for a decade; Blackstone became the chair of the piano department at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and in 2006 moved to Shanghai where Chen accepted the position of Chair of piano at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
2010 ushered in a new chapter in their lives; they returned to Boston where Blackstone began teaching at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, at the Walnut Hill School, and acts as Chen’s teaching assistant. Since then she also served as juror for the Steinway Competition, and in 2012 for the Honens International Piano Competition. She continues to coach former students who have begun their careers with distinction, such as Yuja Wang.
Blackstone has performed as a soloist and duo pianist in major venues in Canada, China, Switzerland and the United States, including the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and the Lincoln Center in New York. She won the CBC du Maurier award with Jon Kimura Parker; then she began touring with Hung-Kuan Chen. Highlights of current and past seasons include performances with orchestras in Canada, recitals, lectures at the Shanghai International Piano Academy and teaching/performing in summer Festivals such as Morningside Music Bridge, Mosaic Festival, Banff and the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation.
As an outgrowth of her roles as performer and teacher, she founded and directed the Millennium 3 Music Series in Boston from 1992-1998, co-founded The Connection from 1999-2006, and serves as Director of Blackstone Artists Management in Canada, presenting several artists and raising serious funds for numerous students and young musicians from China and Canada.
Associate of the Royal Conservatory (U. Toronto) with highest distinction. MM summa cum laude, ABD (Boston University). Studies with Anthony di Bonaventura, Hung-Kuan Chen and musicologist Joel Sheveloff.