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Leaf Music and David Potvin Present Catharsis

(Halifax/Kjipuktuk, NS) Leaf Music and Canadian pianist David Potvin announce the launch of Catharsis (LM274), available April 19 in digital and physical format. Catharsisexpresses an emotional release experience, often of complex, deeply held, or repressed emotions which transform into peace, tranquility, and a shift of perspective. This album’s pieces were selected from David’s tour across Canada, where he performed music exclusively by composers who live and work in Canada: Chris Derksen’s Growing Forgiveness, Keiko Devaux’s Murmuration, and Jean Coulthard’s 13 Preludes for Piano, and Canada Mosaic: The Contented House (arranged for piano by David Potvin), pieces which have never been recorded before. 

Derksen’s Growing Forgiveness, an artistic response to the tension she felt in certain relationships during the pandemic has a truly serene ending following the piece’s driving climax. This is followed by Coulthard’s 13 Preludes, imbued with deep emotional expression, and a rising tension which peaks near the end. Then Devaux’s Murmuration is uses pianistic and electronic gestures describe the movement of small birds moving in large flocks. Catharsis concludes the album with a piano arrangement of Coulthard’s Canada Mosaic: The Contented House, a meditative reflection that includes the well-known melody, A la claire fontaine.

Hailed by La Scena Musicale as a rising star, Montreal-based pianist David Potvin ( is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s most exciting contemporary pianists. As winner of the 45th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, he toured across Canada in the fall of 2022 with a diversely curated program of Canadian repertoire, including the works on the new recording.

David has been featured in solo and chamber recitals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent projects include the world premiere of a new piece by Kalaisan Kalaichelvan at the Banff Arts Centre, the album Breathe In, Breathe Out, featuring music by composer Edward Enman, a recital with violinist Martin Beaver, and a recital in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre celebrating the works of Quebec composer Jacques Hétu. Other performance awards include prizes at the 2018 Shean and 2017 Stepping Stone competitions. 

David maintains a private piano studio where he teaches in both of Canada’s official languages and is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s prestigious college of examiners. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, where he studied with acclaimed pedagogue Marietta Orlov and won the DMA recital competition. Born in Billtown, Nova Scotia, David will tour with Debut Atlantic in the fall of 2024 (

Catharsis was recorded at Domaine Forget de Charlevoix and produced by Haruka Nagata. The album is dedicated to the memory of Marietta Orlov (1932-2020).

Leaf Music is an independent recording label based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, making and distributing high-quality classical music recordings by artists and composers from across Canada. Our growing catalogue of solo, orchestral, and chamber music is distributed by Naxos of America to the world’s most important music retailers, download providers, and streaming services. Leaf is also a provider of professional audio and video production, post-production services and integrated music marketing and distribution in Canada.



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