Avery Gagliano, First-Prize Winner of the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition

The National Chopin Piano Competition (NCPC) of the U.S., held every five years, is designed to offer performance opportunities and financial support to young American pianists and to enable the prize winners to take part in the International Chopin Competition. The 10th NCPC was held February 22–March 1, 2020. The competition is the flagship event of the Chopin Foundation of the United States. The winner, Avery Gagliano, was scheduled to perform following the Opening Session at the 2020 MTNA National Conference in Chicago. The Chopin Foundation has graciously provided Avery's Semi-Finals Recital for MTNA to share as part of the Virtual Conference.
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 by F. Chopin
3 Mazurkas, Op. 56 by F. Chopin
Scherzo No. 2 in B-minor, Op. 31 by F. Chopin

About the Artist

Avery Gagliano studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman. She is a four-year winner of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship (2016 – 2019) and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (2014 – 2016). At age nine, she made her orchestral debut with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra at Strathmore Concert Hall and performed at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York. As a soloist, Avery has collaborated with orchestras such as the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, and the MostArts Festival Orchestra, and has garnished top prizes at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and MostArts Festival piano competition. Her success has taken her to some of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues such as the Verbier Festival, Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival, Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

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