Alan Feinberg has achieved a remarkable reputation as a vanguard pianist and musician who has charted his own unique path in music. His intelligence, integrity and affinity for an unusually wide range of repertoire place him among those few artists who are able to build a bridge between music of the past and present. With repertoire that ranges from Bach to Babbitt, Mr. Feinberg’s creative approach to programming places contemporary music within a broad framework as part of an ongoing, living tradition. He received his fourth GRAMMY® nomination for ‘Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra’ for the Naxos recording of Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony (8.559139).
Mr. Feinberg performed the world premiere of the “Emerson” Piano Concerto by Charles Ives, with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Other major collaborations include a tour with the Cleveland Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi, performing Shulamit Ran’s Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra and Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in New York, Boston, Cleveland, San Francisco and other cities. At Lincoln Center, with the American Symphony Orchestra, he performed the Leo Ornstein Piano Concerto, and has also performed the world premiere of Andrew Imbrie’s Fourth Piano Concerto, and John Cage’s Piano Concerto. He appeared with the New York Philharmonic performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Ursula Oppens; with the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing Gershwin’s Concerto in F, and with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony performing Berg’s Chamber Concerto. He was chosen by John Adams to perform the piano score of “Nixon In China” featured on a PBS special of the Opera. Abroad, he has performed with the London Philharmonia, BBC, Scottish Symphony, BBC’s Musica Nova Festival, the festivals of Edinburgh, Bath, Cambridge, Geneva, and Berlin, and at Italy’s International Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, and the Budapest Autumn Festival.
In 1997, Alan Feinberg received his third Grammy Award nomination for his recording of Morton Feldman’s Palais di Mari and Charles Wuorinen’s Capriccio, Bagatelle, and Third Sonata. Among other recordings of Alan Feinberg are the Grammy-nominated Babbitt Piano Concerto, Morton Feldman’s “Piano and Orchestra” with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, the Ligeti Horn Trio, works by Steve Reich and John Adams, and the Paul Bowles Piano Concerto.
Mr. Feinberg has over 200 premieres to his credit, among them Mel Powell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Duplicates, as well as works by such composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Harbison, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen. He was chosen to premiere Milton Babbitt’s Piano Concerto, which was commissioned to celebrate the American Composers Orchestra’s first season at Carnegie Hall and was written for Mr. Feinberg. He is also the first pianist to have been invited by the Union of Soviet Composers to represent American contemporary music – an invitation which resulted in performances in both Moscow and Leningrad.