Jeffrey Chappell

JEFFREY CHAPPELL, pianist, has performed throughout the United States and abroad in recitals and in chamber music. He has been a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver, Indianapolis, Oakland, Baton Rouge, and Key West as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Missouri Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphony. His many appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra include concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap Park, as well as a substitution for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice, playing the Brahms Second Concerto without rehearsal and to critical acclaim. Many of his recitals and concerto performances have been heard on nationwide radio broadcasts.
Mr. Chappell has toured South America with recitals in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, and Surinam, and has given concerts with orchestras in Mexico City, El Salvador, and Quito. In Europe he has performed in France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, and in Asia he has performed in Japan and Indonesia. He has appeared at summer music festivals in the United States, including Marlboro, Chautauqua, Spoleto, Ambler, Bedford Springs, and Tidewater, and in France at the Music at La Gesse Festival and the Musique d’Eté Festival. A prizewinner in numerous competitions, Mr. Chappell was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Chappell is also an award-winning composer. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition, and “Shadowdance” for piano and wind ensemble was commissioned by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, while he was their composer-in-residence, with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation. His recent works integrate techniques of classical composition with elements of American popular music, and can be heard on three recordings recently released on the Centaur label. As a recording artist, Mr. Chappell also made the world premiere recordings of the Piano Concerto by James Grant and “The Dream Wanderer” by Sotireos Vlahopoulos. He has recorded on the Telarc, Centaur, Albany, Petrichor, MSR Classics, and MMC labels.
Mr. Chappell was a scholarship student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory and Eleanor Sokoloff and Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. His early studies were in St. Louis, Missouri, as the protégé of Jane Allen. Mr. Chappell is on the faculties of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He was a contributing editor for Piano & Keyboard Magazine.

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