Guest Artist

Masterworks V

April 22, 2017     7:30 PM

PE Monroe Auditorium, LRU


Baron Fenwick, Piano


At twenty-one years old, Baron Fenwick has performed throughout the United States. He
has performed as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and will perform with the Flint
Symphony Orchestra this season. His performance with conductor Erin Freeman and the
South Carolina Philharmonic was called “brilliant” by David Lowry of the Columbia
FreeTimes.  “His driving rhythm, virtuosic technique, musical treatment and careful
attention to the ensemble were all stunning. Put two or three more years on this young
man, and we might well have a major star.”


Baron is a fourth year undergraduate student at Mannes College the New School for
Music, in New York City. He studies with Russian American pianist Vladimir Feltsman,
as well as American pianist Susan Starr. He has previously studied with University of
North Carolina School of the Arts professor Clifton Matthews and Appalachian State
University professor Bair Shagdaron.

Baron was recently awarded a career grant from the Salon de Virtuosi and performed at
the Gala Opening of its 2015 2016 season, broadcast on WQXR. In March 2015, he
won first prize in the 2015 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. He received
honorable mention in the 2013 Mannes concerto competition and has won numerous state
and national competitions. He won first prize in the 2011 Jacob Flier International Piano
Competition in New Paltz, New York, top pianist at the 2011 BlountSlawson
Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Alabama, and first prize at the 2010 Lee University Piano
Competition in Tennessee. His statewide awards include first prizes in the 2009 NC
Symphony Concerto Competition Junior Division and in the 2010 Charlotte Symphony
Youth Artist Competition. Baron was also the recipient of UNCSA’s first annual
Leonard Bernstein Award of Excellence, awarded by Chancellor John Mauceri in 2009.
Baron has accumulated a number of important concert appearances. In December 2015,
he made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in the culminating concert of the Mannes
Sounds Festival. In January 2015, he performed the Liszt Sonata at the Hungarian
Consulate in New York City. He performed alongside Mr. Feltsman in a concert
honoring the composer Alfred Schnittke in December 2014. Baron played the $1.2
million KuhnBosendorfer piano at its unveiling in the Winston Salem art studio of John
Kuhn. In New York, Baron has performed at the Ukrainian Institute, Bohemian National
Hall, and other venues. He has performed at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion. In
the last several years he has performed solo recitals in Bedford, Virginia; Lynchburg,
Virginia; Sun City, South Carolina; Ocala, Florida; New Paltz, New York; Leonardtown,
Maryland; Westport, New York; and New York, New York; as well as multiple
appearances in Boone, North Carolina and Chatham, Massachusetts.

His upcoming performances include Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with the Flint
Symphony Orchestra and Mozart Concerto No. 20 with the Mannes Orchestra. He will
perform a recital as part of the Music at St. Paul’s series in Flint, MI. He is also looking
forward to giving the world premiere performance of Candlelight , a piano concerto by
Faye Ellen Silverman, composer and professor at Mannes. Baron is also the co-producer
of the premiere of Silverman’s staged cantata A Free Pen.

Baron has participated in summer festivals worldwide, including the Sarasota Music
Festival, International Summer Academy in Austria, Meadowmount School of Music,
PianoSummer at New Paltz, Tibor Varga Music Academy in Switzerland, California
Summer Music, and the Southeastern Piano Festival. He has played in masterclasses for
pianists including Richard Goode, John Perry, Robert Levin, Awadagin Pratt, Peter
Takacs, Boris Berman, Alexander Korsantia, Lev Natochenny, Jeffrey Kahane, and many
others. He is also an avid chamber musician whose coaches have included Pamela Frank,
Robert Levin, Kim Kashkashian, Charles Neidich, John Perry, Robert Vernon, Todd
Phillips, Frank Morelli, ChoLiang Lin, Barbara Stein Mallow, Csaba Onczay, Geraldo
Ribeiro, Audrey Axinn, Sheila Browne, Steven Doane, JuYing Song, Hans Jorgen
Jensen, William Purvis, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Diane Walsh, and Gena Raps.

Baron’s musical interests are unusually diverse. At Mannes, he has studied
historically minded performance of Baroque and Classical music, and he is equally at
home on the harpsichord or fortepiano as he is on modern instruments. He has performed
in the Mannes Baroque ensemble and has performed sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven on
a model of a late18th century fortepiano. He is also active in the contemporary music
scene, premiering works by Mannes student composers and attending many concerts of
new music. On his own time, he is an amateur composer and improviser. Above all,
Baron enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has learned and performed a
significant repertoire of chamber music.

Baron grew up outside of Boone, North Carolina. He now lives in New York City.

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