Anthony de Mare

Biography

ANTHONY de MARE's virtuosic performances of contemporary music have earned him superlative critical acclaim, as well as a loyal following in the U.S. and abroad. From traditional solo concerts to his pioneering achievements in concert theater, he has revolutionized the genre and transformed the recital format creating projects that arouse attention. Supporting new work by composers of all generations and styles has been central to de Mare's career, and he has commissioned and collaborated with many of the world's most esteemed musical artists. As evidence of his inspiring effect on composers, he has been honored with a number of text-based and/or multi-media works created especially for him (Frederic Rzewski's "De Profundis" and Jerome Kitzke's "Sunflower Sutra", among many others). This year marks the launch of Mr. de Mare's most ambitious project to date, the much anticipated Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano to premiere in the 2010-11 season as part of Sondheim's 80th birthday celebration. As creative director and performer of this landmark three-concert series, the project will feature the work of 30 commissioned composers creating solo piano pieces based on the music of Stephen Sondheim. Currently in development, the project includes distinguished artists ranging from Milton Babbitt and William Bolcom to Steve Reich and Daniel Bernard Roumain.

This season he will continue to tour Missing Peace, premiered in 2007 at The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC – an eclectic series of old and new works, inspired by the exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. He will also continue his national tour of The American Piano with pianist Steven Mayer – upcoming residencies for this project include Haverford College, UM Ann Arbor, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. In addition, the two pianists will premiere JAMMIN' TIGERS in celebration of Art Tatum's centenary (2009) and Frederic Rzewski's 70th birthday (2008) at the 2008 Portland Piano International festival. In 2009, he will also be the featured pianist with the Lark Quartet at Merkin Hall premiering a new work by David Rakowski.

Also in the coming season, Mr. de Mare will record once again for the KOCH Entertainment label – Pianos and Voices II: The Speaking Pianist, to be released in 2009, will be the first disc devoted completely to the speaking/singing pianist genre he created 20 years ago; it will feature works by Frederic Rzewski, Jerome Kitzke, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Derek Bermel and Rodney Sharman. Currently on the roster of Yamaha Artists, Mr. de Mare has nearly twenty recordings in his discography. Of his Koch Entertainment release, Out of My Hands, short listed for a 2005 Grammy Award, American Record Guide raved that "his exquisite touch and impassioned beauty of utterance imbue this program of vignettes by David del Tredici and Aaron Jay Kernis with artistry of the highest order." American Record Guide also named Wizards and Wildmen: Piano Music of Charles Ives, Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison (CRI /New World) as one of 2000's Ten Best Releases. Other acclaimed recordings include: Pianos and Voices: Music by John Cage and Meredith Monk, (Koch), Frederic Rzewski – Anthony de Mare (O.O. Discs), and Oblivion, recorded with cellist Maya Beiser (Koch).

Mr. de Mare's performances span four continents, allowing him to develop a growing fan base that extends far beyond the traditional contemporary music audience. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 at Zankel Hall, and his breakthrough one-man-show, Playing With MySelf of 2001, enjoyed a sold-out run in NYC, where he was praised for his "muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents" (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times). Before debuting under the auspices of Young Concert Artists, he was awarded First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Competition of Contemporary Piano Music (France). Currently on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University, his commitment to education is evidenced by his residency work at universities across North America, in which he has inspired a whole new generation of pianists and contemporary music advocates.

ANTHONY de MARE is a world-renowned performer whose virtuosic performances of contemporary music have earned him superlative critical acclaim, as well as a loyal following in the U.S. and abroad. From traditional solo and concerto performances to innovative concert theater that has revolutionized the genre and "transformed the recital format" (The New York Times), he is internationally recognized as a dedicated champion of the music of our time.

De Mare is especially renowned for his command of the keyboard, his pioneering achievements in concert theater for the piano, and his signature ability to create projects that arouse attention. In his upbeat review of Mr. de Mare"s 2006 concert UNITIES: Music of Pride and Celebration at The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Allan Kozinn cited the "theatrical twist" de Mare brings to his programming, "building his concerts around themes that make them into something more akin to a show than to a recital". His breakthrough and inspiring one-man-show, Playing With MySelf of 2001, enjoyed a sold-out run at HERE Arts Center in New York City, where he was variously praised for his "muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents" (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) and his "strong reputation as a performer of American avant-garde music" (The New Yorker). Mr. de Mare has also received a number of prestigious grant awards for his many projects.

Supporting new work by composers of all generations and styles has been central to de Mare"s career, and he has commissioned and collaborated with many of the world"s most esteemed musical artists. As evidence of his inspiring effect on composers as well as audiences, he has been honored with a number of text-based and/or multi-media works created especially for him. Most notably, these include Frederic Rzewski"s "De Profundis", Jerome Kitzke"s "Sunflower Sutra" and James Mobberley"s 2007 "Phenomena". This year marks the launch of Mr. De Mare"s most ambitious project to date, the much anticipated Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. For this landmark three-concert series, featuring the work of 30 commissioned composers creating solo piano pieces based on the music of Stephen Sondheim, de Mare will at long last be adding the role of creative director to his role as performer and commissioner. Currently in development, the project includes distinguished artists ranging from Milton Babbitt and William Bolcom to Steve Reich and Daniel Bernard Roumain, with plans to premiere each concert during the 2010-11 season as part of Sondheim"s 80th birthday celebration.

This season he will continue to tour his innovative program Missing Peace, premiered in 2007 at The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC – an eclectic series of old and new works, inspired by the exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. He will also continue his national tour of The American Piano with pianist Steven Mayer, a presentation conceived by scholar Joseph Horowitz which includes concerts, lectures and master classes. Upcoming residencies for this project include Haverford College, UM Ann Arbor, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. In addition, the two pianists have conceived an evening entitled JAMMIN" TIGERS, in celebration of Art Tatum"s centenary (2009) and Frederic Rzewski"s 70th birthday (2008) to be premiered in July, 2008 at the Portland Piano International festival. In 2009, he will also be the featured pianist with the Lark Quartet, premiering a new work by David Rakowski for the concert Writing Jazz, part of a new series at Merkin Hall entitled "Musically Speaking".

Also in the coming season, Mr. de Mare will record a new disc at the Banff Centre to be released in 2009 on the KOCH Entertainment label – Pianos and Voices II: The Speaking Pianist will be the first disc devoted completely to the speaking/singing pianist genre he created 20 years ago; it will feature works by Frederic Rzewski, Jerome Kitzke, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Derek Bermel and Rodney Sharman. Currently on the roster of Yamaha Artists, Mr. de Mare has nearly twenty recordings in his discography, most recently the Koch Entertainment release of Out of My Hands, which was short listed for a 2005 Grammy Award. Of this recording, American Record Guide raved that "his exquisite touch and impassioned beauty of utterance imbue this program of vignettes by David del Tredici and Aaron Jay Kernis with artistry of the highest order." American Record Guide also named Wizards and Wildmen: Piano Music of Charles Ives, Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison (CRI /New World) as one of 2000"s Ten Best Releases. Other acclaimed recordings include: Pianos and Voices: Music by John Cage and Meredith Monk, an unprecedented pairing of these two mavericks of the American avant garde (Koch), Frederic Rzewski – Anthony de Mare (O.O. Discs), featuring the groundbreaking "De Profundis", and Oblivion, recorded with cellist Maya Beiser (Koch).

Mr. de Mare's performances span four continents, allowing him to develop a growing fan base that extends far beyond the traditional contemporary music audience. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 at Zankel Hall, with Gotham Glory, premiering works by Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec and David Del Tredici, jazz legend Fred Hersch and the Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. Before debuting under the auspices of Young Concert Artists, he was awarded First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Competition of Contemporary Piano Music (France).

Currently on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University, his commitment to education is evidenced by his residency work at universities across North America, in which he has inspired a whole new generation of pianists and contemporary music advocates. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he holds a BM from Manhattan School of Music and MFA from SUNY of Buffalo. His teachers have included Yvar Mikhashoff, Isabelle Yalkovsky Byman, Leo Smit and Paul Jacobs.

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