David Kaplan, piano
Pianist David Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” (NYTimes), and praised for “grace and fire” at the keyboard (Boston Globe). He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre, and this season, makes his concerto debut in Berlin’s Philharmonie. A creative recitalist, he has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Washington’s National Gallery, Strathmore in Baltimore, and Bargemusic. Kaplan’s New Dances of the League of David, mixing Schumann with 16 new works, was cited in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by The New York Times.
Kaplan has collaborated with the Attacca, Ariel, Enso, Hausman, and Tesla String Quartets, and is a core member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He has appeared the Bard, Seattle Chamber Music, Mostly Mozart, and Chamber Music Northwest festivals, and is an alumnus of Tanglewood, Ravinia-Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. Kaplan has recorded for Naxos, as well as with Timo Andres in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010), for Nonesuch.
Passionate about teaching, Kaplan has served as a visiting Lecturer at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music from 2016-18, and at Lawrence University in Wisconsin for the winter of 2018. Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Walter Ponce, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. With a Fulbright Fellowship, he studied conducting at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Lutz Köhler, and received his DMA from Yale University in 2014. David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.