Born in Ottawa in 1958.
Her father was the Cathedral organist in Ottawa, Canada.
Learned piano with French pianist, Jean-Paul Sévilla, at the University of Ottawa.
Won First Prize in Italy’s Viotti Competition (1978) and was a top prizewinner in the International Bach competitions of Leipzig and Washington D.C. as well as the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, the Casadesus Competition in Cleveland and the Dino Ciani Competition at La Scala, Milan.
Won the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition in 1985.
Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listener’s Award (Royal Philharmonic Society Awards) in 2003.
Named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006.
Awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006.