First appearing in recital at the Bard Festival in 1994, pianist David Kaplan has been lauded for his “grace and fire” at the keyboard, and most recently by The New York Times for “striking imagination and creativity.” He has made concerto, recital and chamber music appearances at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Banff, as well as at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest. He has been featured by CMS of Lincoln Center, Barge Music, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing in Avery Fisher Hall at the invitation of Itzhak Perlman. In recent seasons, he performed as recitalist in Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chamber musician in the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. As a new member of Carnegie Hall’s high profile young artist troupe, the Ensemble ACJW, David performs regularly in New York’s most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. He was recently appointed Co-artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a Morristown area series now in its twenty-fifth anniversary season.
Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere works of many composers, including Ezra Laderman and Timothy Andres, whose concerto, Home Stretch, was written for him. In their debut recording for Nonesuch, featuring the composer´s two piano suite, Shy and Mighty, he and Andres “dazzle on the ivories.” The highly acclaimed disc has earned them top spots in Alex Ross´s CD Picks. David also drew critical praise from The Boston Globe and The New York Times for his performances of the complex Hans Abrahamsen Piano Concerto at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.
Most recently a student of Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music, David Kaplan has had the opportunity to learn from many other distinguished pianists, including Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode. Away from the piano, he is a passionate cook, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. His playing and information on his activities can be found on his artist website at www.davidkaplanpiano.com.