A YOUNG American pianist is set to take to the stage for the first time at a Rocester school.
Andrew Tyson will be performing in the school chapel at Abbotsholme School from 8pm tonight as part of the Abbotsholme Arts Society’s programme of events.
It will be his first visit to Abbotsholme and he has chosen to perform an all Chopin programme for the event.
Tyson has become a well known face in the music world and took part in the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the Terence Judd-Halle Orchestra Prize which is awarded by the Orchestra’s musicians.
The prize brought him three performances of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto Number Two with the orchestra in November 2012, leading to many engagements in the 2013 to 2014 season.
Praised by The New York Times for the ‘passion and poetry’ in his performance, the musician is said to be emerging as a distinctive and intriguing musical voice.
Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Tyson has also received a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and sixth prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition of Belgium.
This season’s engagements include appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Hilton Head Symphony and recitals in the St Stephen’s Concert Series, the Falany Performing Arts Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and at the Caramoor Festival.
Tyson has performed at the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, the Brevard Music Festival, the El Paso Chopin Music Festival and in New York at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.
The pianist has also taken to the stage at the Paul Klee Zentrum in Switzerland, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Poland, the Sintra Festival in Portugal and the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie as well as in his native North Carolina with the Durham Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.
Tyson made his New York recital debut in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert at Merkin Hall and his Washington DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in the Young Concert Artists Series.
He also tours the UK with the Hallé Orchestra, performing Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations in Gateshead, Manchester and Blackburn and Beethoven’s Concerto Number Four in Leeds.
Tickets cost £16 or £5 for people under 25 and are available from the Abbotsholme Arts Society box office on 01543 263304.