Artist Bio

Henry Kramer, piano

The winner of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from the Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the concert stage today. His performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (New York Times) and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Kramer has earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the Sixth China Shanghai International Piano Competition. In June 2016, Kramer won second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. He was also a prizewinner in the Eighth 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. Kramer has appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Montréal, and the Yale Philharmonia. In the spring of 2012, he made his European debut in a solo recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. An engaging chamber musician, he has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center and has participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Recent performances include events at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York’s Morgan Library, as well as an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador. Henry Kramer holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year pianist. He currently is pursuing doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music and was recently appointed the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College.