Avery Gagliano, piano


  • George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1720) (12’)
  • I. Prelude
  • II. Allemande
  • III. Courante
  • IV. Air con Variazione
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Sonatine, M. 40 (1903-5) (12’)
  • I. Modéré
  • II. Movement de menuet
  • III. Animé
  • Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951) - Sonata in A Minor, Op. 30 (1914) (15’)

Having made her Carnegie Hall debut as part of the GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music and released her debut album Reflections on the Steinway & Sons label, pianist Avery Gagliano captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression. Avery gained international attention as the First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition and was the only American semi-finalist at the 18th International Chopin Competition in 2021. She was also recently selected as a Bravo!Vail Piano Fellow.

Avery has performed with the Fort Collins Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Symphony in C, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, at the Ravinia Festival, Gilmore Festival, Kentucky Performing Arts Center. Internationally she has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Verbier Festival, and at the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Salle Cortot in Paris. An avid chamber musician and recitalists, she has appeared and performed with Washington Performing Arts Society, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Balourdet Quartet.

Avery received the Audience Prize at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, MostArts Festival Piano Competition, and 2019 National YoungArts Competition. She is an alumna of the Verbier Festival & Academy and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s Young Scholars Program, a four-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship, and has made several appearances on Philadelphia’s WRTI classical radio and National Public Radio’s (NPR) From The Top.

Avery is from Washington, D.C., where she studied with Marina Alekseyeva. She currently resides in Philadelphia and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Robert McDonald and formerly with Gary Graffman and Jonathan Biss.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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