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Pianist Dr. Carl Cranmer in Concert
February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm$10 – $19
Pianist Carl Cranmer made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, playing Mozart’s Concerto in A, K, 488. Since then, in addition to solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and North America, he has performed in concert with the Royal Philharmonic of England, the Gulbenkian Orquesta of Portugal, the Juilliard Orchestra and several other orchestras on the Eastern Seaboard. In addition to his eclectic solo repertoire, ranging from Sweelinck to Kapustin, Cranmer also performs a wide variety of chamber music. He has performed extensively in recital with German violinist and Naumburg Competition winner Axel Strauss in Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and most recently in Chicago and Seattle. Their videotaped performance from Steinway Hall was broadcast NHK in spring on public television stations in Taiwan, Korea and Japan in 2003. Dr. Cranmer has also collaborated with a variety of other musicians, including the Grammy-winning Takacs Quartet, Baritone Randall Scarlata, tenor Robert White, and violinist Akiko Suwanai. He has had summer performances at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, Tanglewood, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Summerakademie at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
In 2011, Cranmer will be completing recordings of both the Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and 25 and the complete solo piano works of Samuel Barber. He will be in Seoul, South Korea for the entire year in 2011, teaching and performing. In Spring, 2005, Cranmer’s debut CD, “Soiree,” was recorded and released, featuring the solo works of Poulenc, Faure, Chopin, Liszt, Barber and Granados. In 2008, Cranmer recorded the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic, which was released in Fall 2009. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 1994 Missouri Southern Piano Competition, and also won the Spanish Music Prize and Finalist Prize in the 1995 Santander Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain. He won Fourth Prize in the 1999 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, and was a finalist in the Washington International Competition in Washington, D.C. He has garnered other awards in international competitions in Paris, Hamamatsu, Japan, and Montreal, Canada.
Cranmer has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and in the Academy of Music, Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia. Of his performance of Liszt’s piano concerto No. 2 in Avery Fisher Hall, James Oesterreich of the New York Times Wrote: “He made light work of Liszt’s fiendishly demanding octaves, scales, and glissandos, showing a fine lyrical strain to boot. And he did it all with lovely, controlled tone.” Cranmer’s performances have been televised in Madrid, Tokyo, Missouri, and Philadelphia, and have been aired on NPR, and on radio stations in Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Boston, and Atlanta. In addition to performances in Austria, France, England and Japan, Cranmer has toured Spain two times. in 2002, Cranmer was invited to perform the inaugural recital in a concert series in Panama City, sponsored by the American and Spanish Embassies in Panama.
Cranmer has given master classes and performances in Xi’an and Guizhou, China, Oxford, England, Seoul and Pusan, Korea, and in several institutions in the United States. He received his Doctoral and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Martin Canin, and received his Bachelors degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Robert Shannon. In addition to his tenure as a student in American conservatories of music, he also studied at the Sommerakademie at the Mozarteum as a full scholarship student, where he worked with legendary pedagogues Karlheinz Kammerling, Hans Graf, and Jacob Lateiner. He is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and maintains an award-winning piano studio in the Philadelphia area.