Back by popular demand, Lee University will welcome pianist Charlie Albright in an encore performance for the next installment of its Presidential Concert Series. The concert will take place in Squires Recital Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Albright, known for his unique improvisational ability, has been labeled by Washington Post as being “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity.”
“Albright is perhaps, to Lee students, the most popular pianist to ever perform for the series,” said Lee President Dr. Paul Conn.
Originally from Centralia, Washington, Mr. Albright has been playing piano since the age of three. He has studied with Nancy Adsit, Wha-Kyung Byun, and has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Abbey Simon. He has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the National Center for the Performing Arts Ochestra, to name a few.
An official Steinway Artist, Mr. Albright has collaborated five times with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composes his own pieces as well as improvising classic piano compositions.
He was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory joint program, where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn a master’s in piano performance at the New England Conservatory and then to The Julliard School where he graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma. Mr. Albright has been the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award.
Mr. Albright will offer a master class on Monday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m., also in Squires Recital Hall, which is in Lee’s Humanities Center.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. They can be purchased at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by contacting 614-8343, Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m.
For more information about Mr. Albright, visit http://charliealbright.com/.
For more information about the Presidential Concert Series or the master class, visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/pcs/ or call the School of Music at 614-8240.