Malcolm Troup. Pianist, teacher, b Toronto 22 Feb 1930; PH D musicology (York, England) 1968, honorary LL D (Memorial) 1985. He studied under Norman Wilks and Alberto Guerrero at the RCMT and made his debut at 17 with a CBC Toronto orchestra playing Rubinstein's Concerto in D. He continued his studies 1950-2 with Sidney Harrison at the GSM and 1954-6 with Walter Gieseking in Germany and was awarded the Harriet Cohen Commonwealth Medal in 1955. He has performed widely in Canada, Europe, and South America, in concert and at festivals. He has played with the London SO, the Hallé Orchestra, the Berlin SO, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC SO. In Canada he has appeared with the CBC Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Victoria SOs.. In 1961 he made his first tour of South America, and in 1967 was awarded the title of honorary professor by the University of Chile.
Troup was music director 1970-5 of the GSM, and in 1975 became chairman of the Music Dept and pianist-in-residence at City U, London where he was given a chaired professorship in 1981. He has been a member of the Canada Council International Jury and was a judge for the first S.C. Eckhardt-Grammatté Competition (1976) and for the CBC Talent Festival (1978). In 1978 he became chairman of the European Piano Teachers' Association, and he has served as editorial advisor and guest editor for its periodical Piano Journal. In 1979 he became a governor of the Music Therapy Charity Trust.
In 1988 he was invited to tour Australia as part of the Biennial Celebrations where he performed in Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra and was a member of the jury for the first Chopin Competition of Australia in Melbourne. In 1990, he was named jury member and and vice-president of the National Power World Piano Competition in London.
His thesis topic was 'Messiaen and the modern mind.'