Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gilmore Young Artist winner from Centralia, Washington

Harold Gray, the artistic director of Portland Piano International, notes in his blog that in addition to Kirill Gerstein's winning the coveted Gilmore Artist Award, it turns out that a young pianist from Centralia, Washington won a Gilmore Young Artist Award.

Here are the details from Gray's missive:
Twenty-one year old Centralia, Washington pianist, Charlie Albright, is not only one of the 2010 pianists named as a Gilmore Young Artist, but he has also recently won the important Young Concert Artists Competition in New York City.

Charlie is a remarkable young man. How many people his age can say they have scholarships named after them? Read about this and more at his website here. And the press release from Young Concert Artists is here. Congratulations to his teacher, Nancy Adsit, for knowing just how to mentor this young man over the years.

Charlie performed Menotti’s Ricercare and Toccata at a Portland Piano International summer master class several years ago, blowing everyone away. You can view Albright playing the Menotti piece here.

PS: There must be something in the water in Centralia. Angela Meade is another young native of that town, and she's been singing at the Met.

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