| Awadagin Pratt|
Normal, Illinois, U.S.
Pianist · awadagin.com
| March 6, 1966 (age 49) (1966-03-06) |
Brahms Works for Cello and Piano
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Zuill Bailey, FreddeGredde, Ludwig van Beethoven, Carlo Buti, Harlem Quartet
Awadagin Pratt Wikipedia
Awadagin Pratt (; born March 6, 1966) is a concert pianist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Awadagin Pratt began piano lessons at six with Leslie Sompong and violin lessons at age nine. With a violin scholarship he enrolled in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he transferred to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore as a pianist and as a violinist.
In 1992 Pratt became the first African-American pianist to win the Naumburg International Piano Competition since then, "he has performed with nearly every major orchestra in this country [the United States], at the Clinton White House, and on Sesame Street" (Cruice 2000). Winning the Naumburg prize launched Pratt into a strenuous performance schedule, with 40 to 50 concerts that year and 70 the following year, when he signed with the New York City artist management firm IMG Artists. In 1994 Pratt made his debut at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic (Shepard 1998).
In fall 2004 Pratt accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His recital debut there came on December 1, 2005 (Gelfand 2005). Pratt continues to give up to 30 performances a year throughout the United States and abroad, and he hopes to add performances on the violin, both solo and in chamber music, to his recital calendar.
In private life, Pratt resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. He continues to play tennis, and also pursues interests in chess and fine wines.
Pratt has released several recordings on compact disc:A Long Way From Normal (EMI, 1994), Pratt's debut album, including music of Liszt, Franck, Brahms, and Bach. The title is a reference to his boyhood home of Normal, Illinois.
Beethoven Piano Sonatas (EMI, 1995), including sonatas 7, 9, 30, and 31.
Live From South Africa (EMI, 1997), which was recorded in Cape Town (Shepard 1998), including works of Bach, Brahms, Franck, and Rachmaninoff.
Transformations (EMI 72435 56836, November 16, 1999), including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition; Pratt's own transcription of Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582; and Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, all played on a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand.
Play Bach (Angel 2002), including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050; Keyboard Concerti nos. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055, and 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056; and shorter works, all with a chamber ensemble performing one to a part.