BIOGRAPHY: Charlie Albright, piano

BIOGRAPHY: Charlie Albright, piano 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Charlie-AlbrightHailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, pianist Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, winner in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and recipient of the 2013 Arthur W. Foote Award, his 2013-2014 season includes 64 concerts nationwide. He will appear as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, in six-week and four-week Midwest Concert Tours, in a recital debut at the Vancouver Recital Society, and in recitals in Boston, where he will continue his three-recital series of Schubert sonatas at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Mr. Albright has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, the Phoenix Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, where he was re-engaged for their Summer and the Symphony concerts. He has also performed recitals at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Gilmore Rising Stars Series and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and at the Harvard Musical Society. In 2015, he will tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart.

Albright has collaborated five times with revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma: at a 10-year anniversary remembrance of 9/11 performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time; at a Harvard University ceremony at which Senator Ted Kennedy received an honorary degree; in an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, honoring Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison; at the Aspen Institute’s “Citizen Artistry” conference at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York; and with the Silk Road Project.

Mr. Albright was the youngest artist-in-residence on Performance Today during the 2011-2012 season, which included a week of performances and interviews. His debut CD “Vivace” was released by CAPC Music in February 2011, featuring works by Haydn, Menotti, Schumann-Liszt, Janácek, Chopin and Albright himself.

Winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University, Mr. Albright was also named Artist in Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position once filled by another Harvard-educated musician, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Charlie Albright’s numerous awards include First Prize in both Solo and Ensemble categories at the 2006 New York National Piano Competition; First Prize and all other awards offered at the 2006 Eastman International Piano Competition; Third Prize at the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Semi-Finalist Award and Best Performance of a Work by Liszt in Stage I at the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition; and the Vendome Virtuoso Prize and the Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award at the 2009 Vendome Prize Piano Competition.

Born in Centralia, Washington, Mr. Albright began piano lessons at the age of three. He has studied with Nancy Adsit and has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Abbey Simon. Mr. Albright earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while he was still in high school, and was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory Joint program, completing his Bachelor’s degree as a Pre-Med and Economics major at Harvard in 2011 and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory in 2012 with Wha-Kyung Byun. He is currently in the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is a Steinway Artist and is represented by Bill Capone of the Arts Management Group.

This performance marks Charlie Albright’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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