Henry Kramer, Rising Star

photo credit: Vanessa Briceno

Winner of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from Juilliard, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting young pianists entering the concert stage today.  His performances have been praised by critics as "triumphant" and "thrilling" (The New York Times), and "technically effortless" (La Presse, Montreal).  A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition, and was a prize winner in the 8th National Chopin Competition in Miami. He also received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association 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 Calgary Philharmonic the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal and the Yale Philharmonia.  In recent seasons he he performed Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Toshi Shimada as well as Beethoven’s Chorale Fantasy with Robert Moody leading the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

In the spring of 2012 he made his European debut in a solo recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has also been featured in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Portland Piano International’s Summer Concerts and Rising Star Series, the He Luting Concert Hall in Shanghai, the Reduta Bratislava Concert Hall, and Montreal’s Place des Arts. 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, La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest! and most recently as a participant in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, where he was the recipient of the Tabor Foundation Award.  In the spring of 2014 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 under the guidance of Boris Berman. 

Henry is currently serving as the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

 

Program

 

 

Frédéric Chopin:

Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35

I. Grave -- Doppio movimento

II. Scherzo

III. Marche funèbre: Lento

IV. Finale - Presto

David Crumb: 

Nocturne for solo piano

Frédéric Chopin:

Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

Johannes Brahms:

Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35 (Books 1 and 2)