Piano Faculty: Alan Feinberg

Piano Faculty: Alan Feinberg

Pianist Alan Feinberg has forged a remarkable career based on musical exploration. His intelligence, integrity, and affinity for an unusually wide range of repertoire place him among the few artists who are able to build a bridge between the past and the present. Championing music ranging from Bach to Babbitt, Feinberg has a uniquely creative approach to programming. With well over 300 premieres to his credit (by such composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Harbison, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen) he is well known for recitals that pair old and new music and put a fresh and provocative perspective on both.
 
Feinberg has toured several times with The Cleveland Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi, first performing Shulamit Ran's Concert Piece (including an appearance in Carnegie Hall). He has also performed the Brahms Second Piano Concerto on tour with The Cleveland Orchestra. A collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra which featured the world premiere of Charles Ives' "Emerson" Concerto (performed also in London at the Proms, Paris, and Amsterdam) was hailed as a major achievement by Ives scholars.
 
Feinberg is often on the cutting edge. He was featured on opening night of the San Francisco Symphony's Maverick Festival, at the New Horizons Festival of the New York Philharmonic, the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the American Composers Orchestra, the 92nd Street Y's Berio Sequenza Marathon, the first performance of John Adams' Nixon in China for the Guggenheim's Works in Progress Series, and Carnegie Hall's Birthday celebration of the music of George Gershwin with Dick Hyman. Mr. Feinberg has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish, the American Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New World Symphony, and many others.
 
Mr. Feinberg has recorded four solo CDs for London/Decca that survey American music: The American Romantic, The American Virtuoso, The American Innovator, and Fascinatin' Rhythm--American Syncopation. In addition, he has recorded piano concertos by Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell, Andrew Imbrie, Kamran Ince, Morton Feldman, Paul Bowles, Amy Beach, Charles Ives, Leo Ornstein, Samuel Adler, Don Gilles, and Robert Helps. He received his fourth Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra" for his recording of the Amy Beach Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Mr. Feinberg’s recording on the Steinway label of Basically Bull (works of Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, et alia) was selected as one of the years best recordings by Rhapsody, which has also featured and highlighted his recording Fugue State (Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Froberger, Buxtehude), also produced on the Steinway label. 
 
Feinberg also enjoys an outstanding reputation abroad.  He has appeared as concerto soloist at The Proms in England, with the Cleveland Orchestra in Paris, with the Amsterdam Radio Orchestra in Holland, with the Montreal Symphony, and with the various BBC orchestras. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, appeared at festivals in Edinburgh, Bath, Huddersfield, Geneva, Budapest, Berlin, Brescia, Bergamo, and Tokyo, and was part of the first group invited by the Union of Soviet Composers to present American contemporary music in Moscow and Leningrad. 
 
In recent years Mr. Feinberg has taken on work as a programmer and presenter. He has been the Artistic Advisor for the "Chautauqua Days" Festival in Castine Maine and Music Director of the Monadnock Music Festival. He has acted as a programming consultant for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's American festival. In 2014 he programmed and performed in a series of concerts showcasing American music in Russia: in June, for the White Nights Festival in St. Petersberg and in September, a series of four different programs in Moscow. A sought after guest teacher, Alan Feinberg has taught and given seminars at The Juilliard School, The Eastman School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, and numerous colleges. He continues to concertize and teach internationally.