Maxim Lando, piano
American pianist Maxim Lando’s most recent accolade is the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award. He first received national attention at the age of fourteen, appearing on the piano bench alongside Lang Lang to perform the parts intended for Mr. Lang’s injured left hand, at Carnegie Hall’s Gala Opening Night. Chick Corea joined them for an unprecedented three-pianist version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The collaboration was chronicled in The New York Times.
As soloist with orchestra this season, Mr. Lando performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Lynn Harrell, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and appears as soloist with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony (PA), Ft. Smith Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony. He has previously performed with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Hawaii, Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Kazakh State Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and China’s NCPA Orchestra.
Mr. Lando won First Prize and four special prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and opens the 2019-20 Young Concert Artists Series with recital debuts in New York, in the Peter Marino Concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. His debut program is a tour de force which includes Liszt’s complete Transcendental Etudes. He also performs recitals this season for the Port Washington Library (NY), Rockefeller University (NY), University of Florida Performing Arts, Levine School of Music (DC), Abbey Church Events (WA) and Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (AL).
Mr. Lando was invited to play at the grand opening of Steinway and Sons in Beijing, and has also performed at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Samos Young Artist Festival in Greece, Rising Stars Munich, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City, Ravinia and Aspen and Music Festivals, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Dedicated to making classical music accessible to his own generation, Maxim Lando has been featured on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s “From The Top,” BBC Radio 4 and WQXR. A proponent of Sing For Hope’s mission, he served as a last-minute replacement for Lea Salonga at its 2017 Gala.
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Berlin International Music Competition, Maxim Lando is an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University, an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a student of Hung-Kuan Chen (YCA Alumnus) and Tema Blackstone at Juilliard Pre-College.