“The Steinway piano is the instrument through which I can access the most direct passageway between a musical intention and its resulting sonority. I find infinite expressive possibilities in the abundance of colors that only a Steinway can produce.”
The winner of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School and the Second Prize winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Steinway Artist Henry Kramer’s performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal) and the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed him "…a pianist of enormous talent”after his debut recital in 2018. A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has also earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition in Miami and received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association Arthur Foote Award. He is a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions.
Henry has appeared with the National Belgian Orchestra, Bilkent (Turkey) Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Brussels, Calgary, and Shanghai philharmonics. He has collaborated with conductors Marin Alsop, Stéphane Denève, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Graf. In 2012, Henry gave his European debut in solo recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and made an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador. Festival appearances include Verbier, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest. Henry holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music. He currently serves as the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair of Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Learn more at www.henrykramerpiano.com.