Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, pianist Henry Kramer's performances have been lauded as "triumphant" and "thrilling" (The New York Times) and "technically effortless" (La Presse, Montreal). He was a top prizewinner in the 2010 8th National Chopin Competition and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He also received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur Foote Award and was a winner of the 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions.
Henry has appeared as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara Turkey (Liszt Concerto No. 1), the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Mozart K. 467), the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal (Ravel Concerto in G) and the Yale Philharmonia (Prokofiev Concerto No. 2). In the spring of 2012 he made his European debut in a solo recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WMFT Chicago, WQXR in New York City, CBC Radio-Canada, and online at MEDICI.TV.
An engaging chamber musician, Henry has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center and has participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest. This season he participated in the Ravinia Steans Music Institute tour, which included performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Morgan Library in New York, and an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba as a cultural ambassador.
Henry holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Julian Martin. He recently completed his Artist Diploma with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for most outstanding first year pianist. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music.
JUNE 5, 2014
Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
JUNE 6, 2014
Recital: Concerti by Young Artists in Residence
To learn the solo part of any piano concerto is hard enough, but the job is nearly impossible without a direct understanding of how the solo part interacts with the orchestra. And good orchestras aren't easy to find or afford. So pianists learn to perform a solo piano concerto by replacing the orchestra with another piano.The orchestra part is transcribed for a single pianist, or, rarely for four-hands. In this fascinating performance by two of our Young Artists in Residence, you'll see this process at work.
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major performed by Tina Chong
accompanied by the "Kramer Symphony" (Henry Kramer)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16 performed by Henry Kramer
accompanied by the "Chong Philharmonic" (Tina Chong)
JUNE 7, 2014
Recital: Henry Kramer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
György Ligeti: From Musica Ricercata - Nos. 3, 4, 7
Maurice Ravel: Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Books 1 and 2, Op. 35
JUNE 7, 2014
Masterclass: Cohen on Concerti
So how does a pianist learn to perform a concerto without the help of an orchestra? The solution is to find another talented pianist to play the transcription of the orchestra part. In this special masterclass, Maestro Cohen works with Young Artist in Residence Hanna Yukho on Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, op. 23. Another Young Artist in Residence, Henry Kramer, will play the orchestra part.
JUNE 8, 2014
Masterclass: Edna Golandsky
Edna Golandsky works with Young Artist in Residence Henry Kramer. Repertoire TBA.
JUNE 8, 2014
Recital: Two Concerti with Arnaldo Cohen
Pianist and Artistic Director Arnaldo Cohen will take on the challenge of two back-to-back piano concerti in the same evening! He will start the evening with the lush and impressionistic de Falla concerto, Nights in the Garden of Spain with a orchestra part transcribed for piano four-hands. The second concerto will be Mendelssohn's ebullient and romantic Piano Concerto No. 1. Maestro Cohen will be accompanied by Tina Chong and Henry Kramer.
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain
accompanied by Tina Chong and Henry Kramer (four hands)
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concert No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
accompanied by Tina Chong