BRANDT FREDRIKSEN

Pianist Brandt Fredriksen has performed at major venues and universities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His debut recitals were held in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Gasteig Cultural Center in Munich, Germany, and Vafopoulio Hall in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2003 he was selected by the U.S. and China Foundation to perform recitals and concertos throughout China, a tour that included Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Shenyang.

An active chamber musician, Dr. Fredriksen is a founding and performing member of “Ensemble Respiro” in New York City. He has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New Hellenic String Quartet and the American String Quartet.

Brandt Fredriksen is the founder and Artistic Director of Silver Bay Summer Music Festival. In recent years, the festival had expanded its international footprint to include Germany and Italy. He is also a member of the performing faculty of Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Aria International Summer Academy, and International Academy of Music in Garfagnana, Italy.

Fredriksen has been heard frequently on radio and TV in the United States, Greece, and China, including live appearances on NPR, WQXR-FM with Robert Sherman, Greek national TV and Radio, and Beijing TV. CD recordings include the complete violin and piano sonatas of Johannes Brahms with violinist, Anton Miller. Odysseia: New Music from Greek and Greek-American composers including Antoniou, Demos, Tsontakis and Samaras. Vocal collaborations include The Repertoire of Paul Robeson and Jazz Hymns with operatic Bass, Kevin Maynor, and Lieder by Mozart, Schubert and Strauss with mezzo soprano Lara Nie.

Additional recordings include solo piano music of Scriabin, Glinka, Ravel, Satie, Chopin, and Prokofiev for the soundtrack of the award winning film documentary “Sonia”, produced by Lucy Kostelanetz. He has also recorded chamber music composed by Nickitas Demos for the soundtrack of “A Free Bird” directed by Gregg Russell.

As educator, Dr. Fredriksen has held professorships at Lawrence University, Kent State University, and Georgia State University. He has also served as piano ensemble coach for the New York International Piano Competition sponsored by The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, which has been featured on PBS.

Brandt Fredriksen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. He has also studied in Freiburg, Germany and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. His numerous awards included the Munz Award (The Juilliard School), Irene Tintner International Competition (MI), Artists International (NY), and Lima Concerto Competition (OH). His major teachers were Mischa Kottler, Flavio Varani, Nadia Reisenberg, James Tocco, Gyorgy Sebok, Martin Canin and Ferenc Rados.

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