Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile pianists today. Comfortable as both a performer and improviser, his solo repertoire runs the gamut from late-medieval keyboard manuscripts to challenging scores from the 21st century. He made his Carnegie Hall début under the baton of David Robertson and has performed at Miller Theatre, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor, Bard Summerscape, CalArts, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Bargemusic, and as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St Luke’s, and the Albany Symphony/Dogs of Desire. His 2004 recording, Soundings (Midnight Productions), received wide critical acclaim, and more recent solo projects have included Powerhouse Pianists (Lumiere), The Concert Music of Fred Hersch (Naxos), and Multiplicities: Born in ’38 (Centaur).
Dedicated to groundbreaking projects, McMillen is intensely committed to commissioning and performing the music of today. In addition to Da Capo, he plays regularly with the American Modern Ensemble, the downtown NYC-based Avian Orchestra, the St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Locrian Chamber Players, among others. An active educator, a self-taught jazz pianist, and a fledgling electric guitar novice, McMillen serves on the piano and chamber music faculty at Bard College.