David Kaplan, piano
David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman. This year, he makes recital debuts at Ravinia in Chicago and Washington’s National Gallery, premiering “New Dances of the League of David,” a suite that incorporates newly commissioned miniatures into Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, including such composers as Augusta Read Thomas, Caroline Shaw, Gabriel Kahane, and Andrew Norman. Kaplan’s activities have always balanced solo performances with meaningful collaborations. This season includes programs with the Ariel and Enso String Quartets, long-time piano duo-partner Timo Andres, and a new violin sonata commissioned together with Rachel Lee Priday from Christopher Cerrone. He appears widely as a guest of the New York Chamber Soloists, with which he first performed substituting for an ailing Menahem Pressler. He has been a member of Decoda since 2012.
David is a young veteran of numerous distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at Seattle Town Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia (RSMI), Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performed in Avery Fisher Hall.
The recipient of a DMA from Yale University, Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.