Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, pianist Charlie Albright (2006 NYIPC, First Prize) 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, including a three-recital series of all-Schubert repertoire at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Mr. Albright has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops, the Seattle Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. He 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. In 2015, he will tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart.
His debut CD “Vivace” was released by CAPC Music in February 2011, featuring works by Haydn, Menotti, Schumann-Liszt, Janácek, Chopin and Albright himself.
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. He graduated with an Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School.