Henry Kramer, piano
Praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his “astonishingly confident technique” and The New York Times for “thrilling [and] triumphant” performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. In 2016, he garnered international recognition with a Second Prize win in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and most recently was awarded a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center. Kramer has soloed in concertos with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, collaborating with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Stéphane Denève, Jan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Graf. Through the pandemic, Henry appeared on multiple digital concert programs including a livestream on the Violin Channel, at the Rockport Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, as well as a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra. A sought-after collaborator, he has appeared in recitals at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, and with Emmanuel Pahud, the Calidore and Pacifica quartets, Miriam Fried, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, Kramer holds the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He is a Steinway Artist.