I'm Charlie and I play the piano. I'm a concert pianist and find myself touring worldwide fairly often.
This blog is a place where I can share some of my thoughts and daily adventures, be it on the concert stage, the dressing room, or my daily life, with everyone and anyone who is curious as to what it's like to be a modern-day pianist.
I can only do all of this because of all of your help and support. Please visit my website (www.CharlieAlbright.com), my Facebook Page, and follow me on Twitter! Also check back here often and leave me a comment or message...I'll be sure to read them!
About My BlogThis blog is to fill what I feel is a big hole in my communication with my audiences...
There's CharlieAlbright.com for official news, biographies, press kits, concert seasons, and videos.
There's Facebook.com/charliealbrightpianist for more news, videos, and automatic updates.
There's Youtube.com/pianomanca for videos.
...But where is there a place to write about my travels, experiences, and to post lots of exciting photos and whatnot??? (Everyone knows I take an inordinate amount of photos...at last count I have somewhere in the realm of 70,000 from the last 10 years or so).
One of the absolute coolest things about what is do is the amazing people I have the chance to meet, the great food I get to scarf down, and the places I get to travel...and I would really like to share that with all of you! Please check back often and subscribe so that you, too, can get an inside idea of what it's like in my shoes and share some of my experiences!
Winner of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, pianist Hailed as "among the most gifted musicians of his generation" by the Washington Post, pianist 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, 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, winner in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and recipient of the 2013 Arthur W. Foote Award, his 2013-2014 season included 77 concerts nationwide. He appear as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, in six-week and four-week Midwest Concert Tours, in a recital debut at the Vancouver Recital Society, and in recitals in Boston, where he completed his three-recital series of all-Schubert repertoire at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Mr. Albright has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, the Phoenix Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, where he was re-engaged for their Summer and the Symphony concerts. He has also performed recitals at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Gilmore Rising Stars Series and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and at the Harvard Musical Society. In 2015, he will tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart.
Albright has collaborated five times with revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma: at a 10-year anniversary remembrance of 9/11 performing 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 during the 2011-2012 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. Charlie 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. Mr. Albright was selected by pianist Marc-André Hamelin to receive the German 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Scholarship Award, including a debut concert in the 2014 Ruhr Festival.
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 still in high school, and was the first classical pianist accepted to the 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 graduated with the pretigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is a Steinway Artist and is represented by Bill Capone of the Arts Management Group. For the latest information, please visit CharlieAlbright.com and Facebook.com/CharlieAlbrightPianist.
Charlie is under management with Arts Management Group.