Despite the marvelous wealth of classical standards available to pianists, I often include some more rarely heard repertoire on my recital programs. Audiences find it refreshing to experience music that is less often performed. The selections included on this recording represent either a sampling of music from various neglected composers or seldom played works by more familiar composers. Canadian pianist Ian Hominick began studying piano in his native Nova Scotia, attending Mt. Allison University where he was a student of Jamie Syer and Patricia Elliot. Continuing his studies in the United States under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed pianists, Jerome Rose and Earl Wild, Mr. Hominick earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Ohio State University in 1991 where he served as assistant to pianists, Earl Wild and fellow Canadian André Laplante. An active soloist, accompanist, adjudicator and teacher, Mr. Hominick has performed and conducted piano master classes across the United States and Canada and in Italy. He has appeared as soloist on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Chicago-Chautauqua Series and has been a featured guest for Saskatchewan s Rites of Spring Festival, the Hornby Festival Society in British Columbia and the American Liszt Society Festival. His performances have been broadcast both regionally and nationally on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio in the United States. He is also a frequent guest for Chicago s WFMT Radio program Live from WFMT. Mr. Hominick's premiere solo recording of the works of the legendary romantic pianist, Sigismund Thalberg, was released by Titanic Records in 1995 to glowing reviews from the critics and a nomination for Best Classical Recording in Canada s East Coast Music Awards. A dedicated teacher, Ian Hominick has been Visiting Artist at the University of Newfoundland and has taught on the faculties of Otterbein College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, and Lake Forest College. Mr. Hominick has also served on the national piano jury for Canadian Music Competitions. He joined the piano faculty at the University of Mississippi in 1999 and is director of The Piano Discoveries Summer Camp.