Praised by The New York Times for the “passion and poetry” in his performance, pianist Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and intriguing musical voice. A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Mr. Tyson makes his New York orchestral debut this season with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall.  Other 2013-14 season highlights include a re-engagement and tour with the Hallé Orchestra throughout the U.K.; concerto appearances with the Colorado Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Hilton Head Symphony, and at the International Festival of Arts in Moscow, Russia; and recitals at the Brussels Piano Festival, Caramoor Festival, St. Stephen’s Concert Series, Falany Performing Arts Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Tyson has performed at the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, the Brevard Music Festival, the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, and in New York at the International Keyboard Institute.  Abroad, he has performed at the Paul Klee Zentrum in Switzerland, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Poland, the Sintra Festival in Portugal, and the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico.  He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and in his native North Carolina with the Durham Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.

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 engagements to perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra, which were so acclaimed that he was re-engaged this season to play the Rachmaninoff/Paganini Variations and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the orchestra.

Last season, 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, as well as three performance prizes: the Brownville Concert Series, the Lied Center of Kansas, and the Bronder Prize for Piano of Saint Vincent College.

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 at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. He currently is enrolled in The Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma program.


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