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WORLD OF THE PIANO
Anne-Marie McDermott is “a pianist who balances qualities of excitement and spontaneity with clarity and elegance” (The New York Times). A consummate artist balancing a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator, McDermott performs in an array of solo recitals and music festivals, as well as concerti and chamber music performances on stages throughout the United States. She has recorded works by Prokofiev and Gershwin, as well as the highly acclaimed Bach English Suites and Partitas, named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine.
This performance is made possible by the Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway World of the Piano Fund, established in 2015 in commemoration of the wedding anniversary of Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway.
Franz Schubert: Sonata in D Major, D. 850
Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960
Program subject to change.
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MEET THE ARTIST
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs more than 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen.
With more than 50 concerti in her repertoire, McDermott has performed with many leading orchestra including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Baltimore Symphony among others. McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.
In the recent seasons, McDermott performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Recital engagements have included the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, The Schubert Club, Kennedy Center, as well as universities across the country. Anne-Marie McDermott has curated and performed in a number of intense projects including the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas and chamber music, a three concert series of Shostakovich chamber music, as well as a recital series of Haydn and Beethoven piano sonatas. Most recently, she commissioned works of Charles Wuorinen and Clarice Assad which were premiered in May 2009 at Town Hall, in conjunction with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
As a soloist, McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach English Suites and Partitas (which was named Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice), and most recently, Gershwin Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown.
In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named the artistic director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony in addition to presenting more than 40 chamber music concerts throughout the summer. She is also artistic director of two new festivals: the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival and the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.
As a chamber music performer, Anne-Marie McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with CMS each season. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg. As a duo, they have released a CD titled Live on the NSS label and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas in the future. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, with colleagues Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley.
She continues to perform each season with her sisters, Maureen McDermott and Kerry McDermott in the McDermott Trio. McDermott has also released an all Schumann CD with violist Paul Neubauer, as well as the Complete Chamber Music of Debussy with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
McDermott regularly performs at festivals across the United States including Spoleto, Mainly Mozart, Sante Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Mostly Mozart, Newport, Caramoor, Bravo, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, Music from Angelfire, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, among others.
Visit www.annemariemcdermott.net to learn more.
Sunday, September 19 at 1:30PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Join us on the Sunday of each World of the Piano performance at 1:30PM in Armstrong Concert Hall for a Pre-Concert Talk! Learn about the artist’s program from Shenandoah Conservatory faculty and special guests.
Monday, September 20 from 10AM to Noon • Armstrong Concert Hall
Observe the guest artists as they work with Shenandoah Conservatory piano students. Masterclasses are typically held on the Monday following each World of the Piano performance from 10AM to noon in Armstrong Concert Hall. Limited seating is open to the public for quiet observation. Please arrive by 9:45AM.
Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.
Photos courtesy of the artist