Music Director

Pianist Todd Crow assumed the post of Music Director of the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music in 1996, having taken the reins from founding music director Matthew Raimondi. He had appeared at the festival nearly every summer as a guest artist since 1973. Todd Crow has been widely acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. The New York Times has described his playing as “heroic, [showing] endless flair, color and stamina.” The Times of London has called his playing “spine-chilling” and “exhilarating,” and The Wall Street Journal raved that his playing exhibited “stunning control and a wonderful sense of musical architecture.”

In recent years he has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, England, Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, and in recital or chamber music at the Berlioz/Dutilleux Festival in Manchester, England, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986. He has been heard on BBC Radio for many years in both live and recorded performances, and on National Public Radio in the USA, as well as many other American radio stations.

He has performed often at the Bard Music Festival, as well as at the Casals Festival, Music Mountain, Maverick Concerts, and other festivals. His CDs include sonatas of Haydn and Schubert, Liszt’s transcription for piano solo of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, works of Sergei Taneyev and Dohnányi, the complete works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn (with cellist Mark Shuman), and Ernst Toch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. His most recent CD, “Todd Crow: The BBC Recordings, Volume 2” (on the MSR label), contains variations by Brahms and Dvořák. An earlier CD of BBC broadcast recordings features solo piano music of Mendelssohn, Mendelssohn/Liszt, Moscheles, and Schumann originally recorded for BBC Radio.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, Todd Crow is an honors graduate of the University of California and the Juilliard School. Among his teachers have been Ernő Dániel, Ania Dorfmann, and Emanuel Bay. At the age of thirteen he was awarded an indefinitely renewable scholarship for the study of music composition by the Epstein Foundation of Chicago, and as a teenager he won prizes for his works including a competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters. At age fifteen, he won the Santa Barbara Symphony Young Artists Competition. He is also editor of the volume Bartók Studies (Detroit, 1976). In 1986 he received the University of California’s Distinguished Alumni Award and he is currently Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair at Vassar College.

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