Named 1989 Musician of the Year by the "Boston Globe", pianist Stephen Drury has concertized throughout the United States and the world. He made a very successful New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 as the winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and has since given solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York's Symphony Space and many other widely varied venues.
A champion of twentieth-century music, Stephen Drury's performances of music ranging from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and the music of John Zorn have received the highest critical acclaim. He has appeared at the Subtropics Festival in Miami and the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento as well as at Roulette and The Knitting Factory in New York. He directed the world premiere of George Russell's "Time Line" for orchestra, chorus, jazz band and soloists in 1992. In 1988-89 he organized a year-long festival of the music of John Cage and, at the composer's request, played the premiere of Cage's "101" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April, 1989. In 1991 he commissioned new works for solo piano from John Cage and John Zorn with funding provided by Meet The Composer and performed the works in Paris and at the Walker Center in Minneapolis. In March 1995, he performed the world premiere of John Zorn's concerto "Piano Requia" with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies.
Mr. Drury was selected by the United States Information Agency for its Artistic Ambassador Program, which led to a 1986 European recital tour. A second tour in the autumn of 1988 took him to Pakistan, Hong Kong and Japan. He gave the first piano recitals ever heard in Julianehaab, Greenland, and Quetta, Pakistan. In 1989 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Mr. Drury a Solo Recitalist Fellowship which enabled him to give residencies and recitals of American music for two years. On tour in the 1992-93 season, he gave the Latin American premieres of works by Gyorgi Ligeti, John Zorn and Frederic Rzewski. In 1985, Stephen Drury was chosen by Affiliate Artists for its Xerox Pianists Program. He has performed with symphony orchestras in San Diego, Cedar Rapids, San Angelo, Spokane and Stamford. In addition to his performances with the Boston Symphony he has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, Portland (ME) Symphony and the Romanian National Symphony.
Mr. Drury is a native of Spokane, WA, and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He also holds the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Claudio Arrau, Patricia Zander, William Masselos, Margaret Ott and Theodore Lettvin. He is currently on the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music.
Stephen Drury's website is located at http://stephendrury.com/.
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