David Kaplan, pianist


First appearing in recital at the Bard Festival in 1994,pianist David Kaplan has been lauded for his “grace and fire” at the keyboard,and most recently by The New York Timesfor “striking imagination and creativity.” He has made concerto, recital andchamber music appearances at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Banff, as well as at theSeattle Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest.  He has been featured by CMS of LincolnCenter, Barge Music, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing in AveryFisher Hall at the invitation of Itzhak Perlman.  In recent seasons, he performed asrecitalist in Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chambermusician in the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark.  As a new member of Carnegie Hall’s highprofile young artist troupe, the Ensemble ACJW, David performs regularly in NewYork’s most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge.   


Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him topremiere works of many composers, including Ezra Laderman and Timothy Andres,whose concerto, Home Stretch, waswritten for him.  In their debutrecording for Nonesuch, featuring the composer´s two piano suite, Shyand Mighty, he and Andres “dazzle on theivories.”  The highly acclaimeddisc has earned them top spots in Alex Ross´s CD Picks.  Kaplan also drew critical praise from TheBoston Globe and The New YorkTimes for his performances of the complexHans Abrahamsen Piano Concerto atthe Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.  He delights in the unexpected, and his collaborations withPatrick Bernatchez, a French-Canadian artist, have been personalhighlights.  For exhibitions at theKunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and Montreal Museum of Modern Art, theycreated a recording of the Goldberg Variations for a specially preparedpiano.  This Spring, the paircompleted a video piece featuring piano works of Ligeti and Lekeu, sometimesperformed upside down.


Most recently a student of Claude Frank at the Yale Schoolof Music, Kaplan has had the opportunity to learn from many other distinguishedpianists, including Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode.   Away from the piano, he is apassionate cook, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars.  His playing and information on hisactivities can be found on his artist website at