Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as "a real poet of the piano," Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Mr. Tyson returns to the UK this season, performing in chamber music concerts with the Hallé Soloists in Leeds and Birmingham, giving solo recitals in Leeds and Manchester, and appearing as soloist for the third time with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Hanley, and Blackburn. He has also been re-engaged to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and at Rockefeller University, and appears with the North Carolina Symphony and Omaha Symphony. His recital appearances include the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Musiekzentrum de Bijloke Gent, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the University of Georgia, as well as performances in Azerbaijan, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He will also give duo recitals with YCA violinist Benjamin Beilman. His debut CD, a recording of the complete Chopin Preludes, is slated for a fall 2014 release on the Zig-Zag Territories label.
Mr. Tyson has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall, the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Colorado Symphony, and the Hilton Head Symphony. He has performed at the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, the Caramoor Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, the International Keyboard Institute in New York, St. Stephen's Concert Series, Falany Performing Arts Center, Duke Performances, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Abroad, he has performed at the International Festival of Arts "Art November" in Moscow, the Brussels Piano Festival, the Paul Klee Zentrum in Switzerland, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Poland, the Sintra Festival in Portugal, and the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
At the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, Mr. Tyson won Fifth Prize and the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded to the pianist chosen by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder. This Prize brought three performances of Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra, which were so acclaimed that he was re-engaged last season to play Rachmaninov's Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the orchestra.
Last season, Mr. Tyson gave his New York recital debut in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert at Merkin Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Mr. Tyson was awarded YCA's Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize, as well as three performance prizes: the Brownville Concert Series, the Lied Center of Kansas, and the Bronder Prize for Piano of Saint Vincent College.
A Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Mr. Tyson made his orchestral debut at the age of 15 with the Guilford Symphony as winner of the Eastern Music Festival Competition. After early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his Master's degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.