The winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. His performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has also earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. He is a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions.
Henry has been invited to play with orchestras across the globe including the National Belgian Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal, and the Yale Philharmonia. He has soloed under the batons of preeminent conductors Marin Alsop, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Hans Graf, and Stéphane Dénève.
Mr. Kramer has been a guest performer in recitals at Portland Piano International (Oregon), The Cliburn Foundation, and the National Chopin Foundation in Miami and in important such as Carnegie Hall (Zankel and Wiell), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp (Belgium) and Bozar in Brussels. Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, he has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Verbier Festival. He has performed with Daishin Kashimoto, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, and Karine Deshayes. His debut recording of Liszt’s Oratorio Transcriptions was released in 2017 on the Naxos Label.
Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. He is currently the Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music.