Winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, pianist Charlie Albright made his Washington, DC and New York recital debuts to critical acclaim. Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, he was praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times.
Over the past two seasons, Mr. Albright has already made his orchestral debuts with the Boston Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart, the Seattle Symphony with conductor Gerard Schwarz, the Phoenix and Lansing Symphonies, and with Alondra de la Parra at the San Francisco Symphony, where he has been re-engaged for their “Summer and the Symphony” concerts.
Continuing his blazing successes, Mr. Albright appears as soloist with the Fort Smith, Hilton Head, Great Falls, and Whatcom Symphonies; in a three-recital series spanning two seasons of Schubert works at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; and at the ShortGrass Music Festival. As recipient of the 2013 Arthur W. Foote Award, Mr. Albright performed a recital at the Harvard Musical Society in April. He made his recital debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the Young Concert Artists Series, which featured the premiere of ‘Til It Was Dark by YCA Composer Chris Rogerson. In addition, Mr. Albright has also performed in recital at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and as part of Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series and the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
Albright has collaborated five times with cellist Yo-Yo Ma: at a 10-year anniversary remembrance of 9/11 attacks concert in a performance of 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 last 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. At the 2009 Vendome Prize Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal, he was awarded a Vendome Virtuoso Prize and the Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award.
Charlie Albright’s Young Concert Artists honors include the Paul A. Fish First Prize, the Ronald A. Asherson Prize, the Summis Auspiciis Prize, the John Browning Memorial Prize, the Sander Buchman Special Prize, the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and four concert prizes: the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize, the Friends of Music Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival Prize.
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 also in high school, and was the first classical pianist accepted to the new 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. Mr. Albright is a Steinway Artist.
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