Andrew Tyson, piano
Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. His busy 2016-2017 season brings him recital and concerto performances around the globe, in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, Croatia, Russia, and throughout Australia in a duo recital tour with violinist Benjamin Beilman in the Music Viva Festival. Highlights of his solo recitals abroad include Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Piano Festival, Beethovenfest in Bonn, International Music Festival of Colmar, and the Dubrovnik Festival. He also appears as soloist with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège. Mr. Tyson appears in the U.S. at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and NDR Hanover Concert Hall, as winner of Juilliard’s prestigious Leo B. Ruiz Memorial Recital, as well as at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, SILL Music Mondays, FPC Concerts, and as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony.
Recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Tyson is Laureate of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition and captured First Prize at the 2015 Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, where was also awarded the Mozart and Audience Prizes. He subsequently appeared throughout Russia with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with Vladamir Spivakov. Mr. Tyson has also appeared with the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
A Laureate at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, Mr. Tyson also picked up the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded to the pianist chosen by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder. This Prize brought an engagement with the Hallé Orchestra, which was so acclaimed that he was re-engaged the following three seasons, including three performances of three different concertos in 2017.
He has performed at the Library of Congress, the National Chopin Foundation, the Falany Performing Arts Center, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the International Keyboard Institute in New York, Duke Performances, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Morgan Library and Museum. Abroad, he has performed at the International Festival of Arts “Art November” in Moscow, the Brussels Piano Festival, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Paul Klee Zentrum in Switzerland, Musiekzentrum de Bijloke Gent, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Poland, the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as in Azerbaijan, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
In 2013, Mr. Tyson gave his New York recital debut in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert at Merkin Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Mr. Tyson was awarded YCA’s Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize.
Mr. Tyson made his orchestral debut at the age of 15 with the Guilford Symphony as winner of the Eastern Music Festival Competition. After early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.
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