Biography

Tanya Bannister

Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister’s recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of SYMPHONY Magazine, Ms. Bannister’s career has already brought her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Orchestral highlights of Ms. Bannister’s past few seasons include Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Brevard Symphony in Floriday, Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in e minor with the Greenwich (CT) Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and and Riverside Symphony,  and Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat, K. 449 with the Arcadiana Symphony in Louisiana. Upcoming and recent appearances, warmly praised by the New York Times, include the highly regarded Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Reno Chamber Music Festival, Look and Listen Festival in New York, South Windsor Concert Series, and AlpenKammerMusik in Austria, where she also serves as Artistic Director.

Ms. Bannister’s debut recording, featuring three late piano sonatas of Muzio Clementi, was released in 2006 on the Naxos label. BBC Music Magazine declared: “Barenboim’s EMI Beethoven sonata cycle is readily brought to mind. Yet although she possesses enviable articulate and accurate fingers, she is also sensitive to the music’s many lyrical asides.” Her latest recording for Albany Records, This is the story she began, features solo piano music of American composers David Del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Suzanne Farrin and Sheila Silver; the New American Record Guide complemented her as “exceptionally talented…with a scintillating tone and subtle sense of chording.”

Ms. Bannister has a special affinity for contemporary music. Her three appearances on the CAG/New Works Series at the Thalia featured premieres of the above works, and a piano quintet, also by Suzanne Farrin, for which Ms. Bannister was joined by CAG’s Parker String Quartet. She recently formed a new two-piano/percussion ensemble called Hammer/Klavier with pianist Stephen Buck and percussionists Svet Stoyanov and Eduardo Leandro, and featured performances of this quartet include the Chautauqua Institution.

Other recent recital performances include her debut at the Kennedy Center on the WPAS series, a concert for Market Square Concerts (PA) and a her second recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. As a concerto soloist, she recently performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 with the Victoria Symphony (TX) and Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for Two Pianos, K.365 with pianist Stephen Buck and the Westchester Philharmonic.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which occurred soon after Ms. Bannister’s victory in New Orleans, she joined forces with three previous winners of that competition to form “Pianists for New Orleans.” These artists have been performing together across the US to achieve their ambitious mission to raise $100,000 to help support the classical music community of New Orleans.

Born in Hong Kong, Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.

As co-founder and Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik, Ms. Bannister has created an intimate musical experience in which music lovers from around the world can spend 12 days in a small Alpine village engaged in the study of chamber music. Sensing a demand for musical opportunity amongst amateur and pre-professional musicians, Ms. Bannister designed an experience for the participants that includes collaborating closely with a globally distinguished faculty on preparing for final public performances.