Avery Gagliano, First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, is a young artist who captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression.
These works by Chopin, Haydn, Schumann, and Adès all carry the imprint of various important milestones that have propelled Avery Gagliano's journey forward as a pianist.
“Looking at the music on this album takes me to a place of deep reflection – reflection on the people and moments that led to my conception of the music as it exists in these recordings. I invite you to follow my reflections from the past into the future, and hope the music leads you to your own reflections now and in years to come.”
— Avery Gagliano
“Gagliano’s musical sensitivity and timing were not in doubt. Nevertheless, her ability to inhabit every room in the immense imagination of Frédéric Chopin came as a revelation... The young pianist seemed to go straight to the heart of what the great Pole was trying to say.”
— New York Classical Review
Reflections / Avery Gagliano • STNS 30171
Release Date: 11/5/2021
Recorded September – November, 2020 at Steinway Hall, New York City.
Producer: Jon Feidner
Engineer: Lauren Sclafani
Assistant Engineer: Melody Nieun Hwang
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford
Mixing and Mastering: Daniel Shores
Executive Producer: Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Design: Cover to Cover Design, Anilda Carrasquillo
Photos of Avery Gagliano: Chris Lee
Piano Technician: Lauren Sclafani
Piano: Steinway Model D #607799 (New York)
About the Artist
Avery Gagliano, First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, is a young artist who captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression. Her success has taken her to stages and concert venues such as the Verbier Festival Academy, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park, WQXR Greene Space, WRTI Performance Studio, and the GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall. This coming fall, she will make her recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
As a soloist, Avery has collaborated with several symphonies in the United States including the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, National Chamber Ensemble, and most recently, the Oregon Mozart Players. She is also an avid chamber musician and performs as a guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.
Avery received the Audience Prize at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, was the first-prize winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the MostArts Festival Piano Competition, and is a winner of 2019 National YoungArts Competition. She is an alumna of the 2019 Verbier Festival & Academy and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a four-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship, a nominated recipient of the Inaugural Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award by the National Chamber Ensemble, and has made several appearances on the National Public Radio’s (NPR) From The Top.
Avery is originally from Washington, D.C., where she studied with Marina Alekseyeva. Avery currently resides in Philadelphia and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald; she has also studied with Jonathan Biss while at Curtis. To learn more, visit averygagliano.com.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.