Biography

Dianne at her piano, waving
Dianne is hungry for the stage. Her career includes teaching and performing polar opposites. Half of her time is spent on devouring brand new, fresh music by living local composers. Cascadia Composers have consumed her attention. Her performances consist of new music made personal and not for the faint of heart. Her current project is “Attachments & Detachments Tragedy to Triumph.” She also co-chairs the annual “In Good Hands” concert that connects living composers with young piano students and chairs the Portland District Composition Festival for young composers. It has become her passion to share this new music with the next generation and encourage young composers.

The rest of her time is spent on her “sit down” piano comedy titled, “Dianne Davies has Fallen off her Bench.” Her show is classically funny with traces of Victor Borge, Carol Burnett, Liberace, P.D.Q. Bach, Igusdesman & Joo, Weird Al, and The Piano Guys. From “Soleful” playing with her feet to performing upside-down and backwards she can make any crowd laugh. Also, Dianne and her two teenage sons, Kaleb and Joshua, form “The Davies Family Trio”. (Piano, drums, and bass.) As a family, they perform comedy and musical spoofs.

The boring facts: Dianne Davies has a B.A. in Piano Performance and Music Education from Lewis and Clark College. She holds memberships in MTNA Music Teachers National Association, OMTA Oregon Music Teachers, Mu Phi Epsilon, NFMC National Federation of Music Clubs and Cascadia Composers. She has a private piano studio in Beaverton and has been teaching for 25 years.