Harold Brown, piano
Pianist Harold Brown has enjoyed a performance career across North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. Mr. Brown has participated in numerous music festivals and has often appeared in master classes and lecture recitals. He has an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to Messiaen. His performances of Ravel’s complete piano works have garnered high critical acclaim.
During past seasons he has been heard on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and in televised performances of Beethoven’s “Emperor”Concerto during an extensive tour throughout Brazil and Chile. He has collaborated with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Constantine Orbelian.
Mr. Brown’s recordings include the recently released a CD, Souvenirs, featuring a collection of piano encores.
Mr. Brown’s formal studies were at George Mason University and at the Juilliard School. His teachers include Nina Sveltlanova, Adele Marcus, and Josef Raieff. His keen interest in style and performance traditions has led him to a broad range of study and research in various musical centers throughout the world. Of special importance were studies devoted to Baroque and Early Classical keyboard music in Germany with Edith Picht-Axenfeld, in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda and in Oxford, England with Rosalyn Tureck. For several seasons he coached with Lazar Berman in Florence, Italy concentrating on Russian repertoire. Mr. Brown’s close association with French piano music began as the result of his extensive work in Paris with Gaby Casadesus and Vlado Perlemuter both of whom were closely associated with Ravel and Fauré. Vlado Perlemuter was major pianist to have studied Ravel’s entire oeuvre for piano solo with the composer himself. For performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-]ésus in 2008, the centenary of the composer’s birth, he has worked under the guidance of the great French pianist Yvonne Loriod Messiaen, who premiered nearly all of her husband’s piano music. As a student of Alicia de Larrocha, he received the Specialization in Spanish Music Diploma from the Academia Granados Marshall in Barcelona.