Judith OlsonNew York, NY
Pianist Judith Olson, a graduate of The Juilliard School, made her New York debut with Alexander Schneider conducting, and has since toured North, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Korea as soloist and in collaboration with leading instrumentalists, including Kyung Wha Chung, Eugene Fodor, Miriam Fried, Joseph Fuchs, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Tossy Spivakovsky. She currently performs duo recitals with violinist Rolf Schulte. Ms. Olson has appeared at major halls including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has participated in the festivals of Ankara, Bard, Bar Harbor, Capri, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Killington and Newport. An advocate for new music, she was a Special Award winner in the International American Music Competition sponsored by Carnegie Hall and The Rockefeller Foundation and was featured in a nationally televised documentary for Bravo, "Playing to Win." She has premiered works written for her, including Otto Luening’s last work for piano, "Fantasia Etudes" (1994), and has appeared as soloist for new music series, including ComposersCollaborative and Composers Concordance. At the Bloomingdale School of Music, where she is on the piano faculty, she has presented a series of Composer Portrait recitals. Featured composers include Lee Hoiby, Benjamin Lees, William Mayer, New Rorem and Olav Anton Thommessen. Ms. Olson has recorded for Albany, Capstone, Newport Classics, MMO Laureate Series and RCA, and is currently recording the solo piano music of jazz composer Ed Bland for Cambria.
Ned Rorem’s “Full of Life” from the CD “Gotham Ensemble Plays Ned Rorem (Albany Records). Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Saskia Lane, double bass; Judith Olson, piano. Recorded at NYC’s Town Hall under the supervision of the composer.
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Ned Rorem’s Mazurka from “End of Summer.” Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Rolf Schulte, violin; Judith Olson, piano. From the CD “Gotham Ensemble Plays Ned Rorem” (Albany Records). Recorded at NYC’s Town Hall under the supervision of the composer.