Winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. His performances have been praised as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has also earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He was a laureate of the 2017 American Pianist Association Awards, a prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition in Miami, and received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association Arthur Foote Award. He is also a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions.
Mr. Kramer has been invited to play with orchestras across the globe including the National Belgian Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal, and the Yale Philharmonia. He has soloed under the batons of preeminent conductors Marin Alsop, Jan Pascal Tortelier, and Stéphane Dénève. Mr. Kramer has been a guest performer in recitals at Portland Piano International (Oregon), The Cliburn Foundation, and the National Chopin Foundation in Miami and prominent venues such as Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp (Belgium), and BOZAR in Brussels. Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, he has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center and participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, Music@Menlo’s International Program, and the Verbier Festival Academy, where he was awarded the Tabor Prize in piano.
Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year
pianist. He currently holds the L. Rex Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at Columbus State University Schwob School of Music in Georgia. His musical mentors have included Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Boris Berman. His first commercial recording, dedicated to Liszt oratorio transcriptions, was recently released on the NAXOS label.