Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity” who “made quite an impression” by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin (Germany) and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His debut commercial recording, Vivace, has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
Albright’s 2015-2016 Season includes debuts at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (2 concerts); the Portland International Piano Festival (2 concerts); in solo concerts in Detroit, Houston, and San Antonio; and with the California, Des Moines, and Alabama Symphonies. In June of 2014, Albright debuted with the Houston Symphony performing the Gershwin Concerto. He also returns to perform with the Seattle Symphony, as well as the Gardner Museum in Boston to begin a second three-concert Themes and Variations series as a sequel to his critically acclaimed All-Schubert series in 2013, which will be commercially released in 2015.
Albright has appeared as the guest artist with such orchestras as the BBC Concert Orchestra (14-concert tour with Maestro Keith Lockhart, 2015); the Edmonton (Canada), Fort Smith, Lansing, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Victoria (Canada) Symphonies; the Kymi Sinfonietta (Finland); and the Boston Pops. He has performed worldwide, including at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Salle Cortot (Paris, France); the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami); and Alice Tully Hall (New York). Albright has collaborated five times with revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma: at the honorary degree ceremony at Harvard University for Senator Ted Kennedy; at a 10th anniversary remembrance of 9/11; at the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison; at the Aspen Institute’s Citizen Artistry conference in New York; and with the Silk Road Project.
Albright’s compositions and improvisations have been likened to “the great Romantic-era composer-pianists” by Classical Source and have been praised as “thrilling” by the DC Metro Theatre Arts.
Winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University, Albright was also named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Albright’s numerous awards include First Prize in both Solo and Ensemble categories at the 2006 New York National Piano Competition; First Prize and all other awards offered at the 2006 Eastman International Piano Competition; Third Prize at the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Semi-Finalist Award and Best Performance of a Work by Liszt in Stage I at the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition; and the Vendome Virtuoso Prize and the Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award at the 2009 Vendome Prize Piano Competition.
A firm believer in education, Albright founded the Charlie Albright Scholarship and Charlie Albright Piano, in collaboration with the Centralia College Foundation in his hometown. The Scholarship provides financial aid to music students, and money was raised to purchase a new 9-foot Steinway Piano for the college’s Corbet Hall.
Albright used his Gilmore Young Artist Award Commission for the creation of Matthew Aucoin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which will be completed at the end of 2015.
Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year BA/MM Joint Program, completing a Bachelor’s Degree as a Pre-Med and Economics major at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NEC in 2012 with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is an official Steinway Artist and is represented by Bill Capone of Arts Management Group. For the latest information, please visit CharlieAlbright.com and Facebook.com/CharlieAlbrightPianist.