Lauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, American pianist SPENCER MYER is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today's concert stage.
Spencer Myer includes in his current season returns to the Sanford-Hill Recital Series in Bellingham (WA) and New York City's Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, as well as solo and chamber performances in New York, South Carolina, Ohio, and his third recital tour of Nova Scotia.
Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with, among many others, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boise, Dayton, Evansville, Louisiana and Rhode Island philharmonic orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Altoona, Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Canton, Chattanooga, Duluth Superior, Flagstaff, Grand Junction, Indianapolis, Juneau, Knoxville, Longmont, Macon, Missoula, New Haven, Phoenix, Ridgefield, San Juan, Santa Fe, Springfield (MA, MO, OH), Traverse, Tucson and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New York City’s The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonic orchestras and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors David Bernard, Nicholas Cleobury, Kayoko Dan, David Danzmayr, Robert Franz, Neal Gittleman, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Dirk Meyer, Elliot Moore, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Arthur Post, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Matthew Savery, Alfred Savia, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Gerald Steichen, Arjan Tien, Peter Stafford Wilson and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018.
Spencer Myer's recital appearances have been presented in New York City's Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared the past five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled, Tom Landschoot and Brian Thornton, and has enjoyed a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, sopranos Nicole Cabell, Martha Guth and Erin Wall, the Jupiter and Pacifica string quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet.
Spencer Myer's career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He is also a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni international piano competitions. He enjoys an esteemed reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists' performance roster from 2003-2010.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and in the fall of 2015, he was appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Spencer Myer's debut CD for harmonia mundi usa - solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs - was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. He can also be heard on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo's Chamber Concerto Cycle and in a performance of Ravel's Chansons madecasses, included on "Intimate Masterpieces," a 2013 CD featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory and issued by Oberlin Music. Since 2017, Mr. Myer has released four recordings on the Steinway & Sons label: Piano Rags of William Bolcom, and three discs with cellist Brian Thornton encompassing repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann.
Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.
Pianist Kimi Kawashima enjoys a committed career as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator in Salt Lake City. She was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio and made her concerto debut with the Toledo Symphony at the age of 14. Ms. Kawashima has performed chamber music for the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music in Context, Musiqa, Aperio, Intermezzo and NOVA Chamber Music Series, and has performed as orchestral keyboardist with the Utah Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She has curated and performed in critically acclaimed programs featured on KUHF's Front Row radio program, Houston's Zilkha Hall, the Cy Twombly Gallery and the Rothko Chapel. A dedicated proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Kawashima has worked with composers Tristan Murail, Anthony Brandt, Frederic Rzewski and Chen Yi, and commissioned Thomas Osborne and Erin Watson. A recipient of the Dean?s Talent Award Scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Kawashima received a 2008 Presser Foundation Award to study various keyboard instruments in France (piano), the Netherlands (fortepiano), and at the University of Michigan (harpsichord). Kimi completed her DMA in piano performance at Rice University, as a student of Brian Connelly. She was selected to perform at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C as part of the Conservatory Project. She was the winner of the Shepherd School Concerto Competition, performing the Concerto for Piano and Strings by Alfred Schnittke with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kawashima's interests and skills also reach into arts administration and fundraising, where she served as the Executive Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series in Utah. She was previously Manager of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation and Managing Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Kimi is Assistant Director of Music and Adjunct piano faculty at Westminster College, where she teaches courses in piano, keyboard skills, and oversees the music department's budgeting, scholarships and recruiting efforts. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Utah.
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music, M.M. and D.M.A. Rice University, Shepherd School of Music
Pianist Renato Fabbro was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University as a Bass Fellowship recipient. His principal teachers were Malinda Lyons, Larry Graham, Angela Cheng and John Perry. Dr. Fabbro has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Mozart Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He has performed chamber music recitals with acclaimed violinist Frank Huang and Northwestern University clarinet professor Steven Cohen. As part of the Martingale Ensemble, he recorded music of Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler with members of the Oregon Symphony for the MSR Classics label. He has judged numerous competitions, including the MTNA Northwest and Southwest Division Competitions, Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle Competition, Silver State Competition, Chopin Northwest Competition, Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Reno Music Festival, Seattle Steinway Competition, Spokane Piano Competition, Musicfest Northwest, GMCC Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He has taught at several universities and summer music institutes and was invited to give master classes for the Boise Tuesday Musicale, Musicfest Northwest and the North Idaho Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Fabbro won the Adeline Rosenberg Memorial First Prize in the Fort Collins Symphony National Young Artist Competition as well as first prizes in the Grand Junction Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Colorado State Music Teachers Association Young Artists Piano Competition, Colorado University Honors Competition and several others. He has also won prizes and awards in the Lee Piano Competition, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition and Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition. He has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Coeur d'Alene Symphony and Colorado University Orchestra.
His students have won top prizes in many competitions, including Third Prize in the National Finals of the MTNA Junior Piano Performance Competition, as well as two other MTNA national finalists. Other awards include first prizes in the Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley Award, Bellagrande International Music Competition, Idaho MTNA Piano Competition and multiple first prizes in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Vancouver Symphony Young Artists Competition, Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Oregon MTNA Piano Competition (Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano divisions), Spokane Piano Competition, Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition, Monday Musical Club Scholarship Competition, Wiscarson Competition, Beaverton Symphony Young Artists Competition, Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, Oregon Sinfonietta Concerto Competition and top prizes in the New Orleans Piano Institute International Competition and New York Debut Young Musicians Competition, among others. His students have also been accepted into top piano performance degree programs, including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University Shepherd School of Music.
Dr. Fabbro is a member of the artistic advisory panel for the Pacific International Piano Competition, Bellevue Symphony, and Pacific Northwest Piano Competition.