Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice.  On the eve of the 2015-2016 season, he captured First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, where was also awarded the Mozart and Audience Prizes.  Performances in his busy calendar include recitals at the Falany Performing Arts Center, University of Florida Performing Arts, FPC Concerts, the Dubrovnik Festival, and twice at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.  He performs with U.S. orchestras including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Tyson returns to Europe this season, performing recitals with cellist Jeong-Hyoun Lee and violinist Benjamin Beilman.  He also appears throughout Russia, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Kostroma Governor’s Symphonic Orchestra in Yaroslavl, Krasnodar, Kurgan, and Kostroma, and performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 25 with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with Vladamir Spivakov.  His critically acclaimed debut CD, a recording of the complete Chopin Preludes, was released in October 2014 on the Zig-Zag Territories label.

A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Mr. Tyson has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Colorado Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed at the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Caramoor Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, the International Keyboard Institute in New York, Duke Performances, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Abroad, he has performed at the International Festival of Arts “Art November” in Moscow, the Brussels Piano Festival, 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.

At the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, Mr. Tyson won Fifth Prize and the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded to the pianist chosen by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder.  This Prize brought three performances of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra, which were so acclaimed that he was re-engaged the following year to play Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the orchestra.  Last season, he returned to the UK where he performed chamber music concerts with the Hallé Soloists in Leeds and Birmingham; gave solo recitals in Leeds and Manchester; and appeared as soloist for the third time with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Hanley, and Blackburn.

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.

A Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, 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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