About Jacqueline

Jacqueline Perriam, a native of Victoria, is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory in Piano Performance. 

Jacqueline comes from a musical family, with both parents being performers in The Victoria Symphony. She began her piano lessons at the age of four with her mother, Frances Perriam, a well known classical pianist in Victoria. Jacqueline continued her studies with May-Ling Kwok and at the University of Victoria with Dr. Robin Wood. During that time, she received her ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) and AVCM (Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music) in piano performance. In 1995, she received her AVCM teachers diploma under the direction of Winifred Wood.

Jacqueline attended many residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts where she studied with renowned concert pianists such as György Sebők, Anton Kuerti, Marek Jablonski, and Gilbert Kalish.

Jacqueline with May-Ling Kwok and Dr. Robin Wood

In 1998, Jacqueline won the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Competition which enabled her to complete her studies in The Netherlands at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Norwegian pianist and Messiaen specialist Hakon Austbo.

During this time, she had the opportunity to play for concert artists such as Russian pianist, Vladamir Tropp and attend Shenker Analysis workshops with the world renowned concert pianist, Murray Perahia.

Jacqueline has performed on CBC Radio with violinist Timothy Haig as part of the CBC Young Artist Competition. Other notable performances include concertos with the Victoria Symphony, under the direction of Peter McCoppin, and the Palm Court Orchestra, conducted by Charles Job as well as performances throughout The Netherlands as a duo with her husband, saxophonist Erik Abbink.

In 2011, Jacqueline and Erik produced “Transcribed”, a CD featuring works from the Romantic and Twentieth Century period, transcribed for saxophone and piano. Another CD project includes a recording of “Daydreams” for saxophone and piano, as part of a collection of pieces by the well known Victoria composer, Murray Adaskin.

Performing Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Victoria Symphony

Jacqueline Perriam and violinist Timothy Haig

Jacqueline also has a passion for film composing and enjoys bringing out the emotional content of the film through music. Together with her husband, Jacqueline has scored several short films, web series, and commercials including work for Telus Storyhive and Reel One Entertainment.  Upcoming projects include “Small Voices” a television series documentary for The Knowledge Network, directed by David Strasser. Jacqueline is a member of The Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

As a piano teacher, Jacqueline is in high demand. With 25 years of teaching experience, she enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages in her home studio and online. Jacqueline is a member of the Victoria Registered Music Teachers Association.

Jacqueline currently resides in Oak Bay with her husband, Erik, two boys, Anthony and Tristan, and their cat, Sylvester.