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Watch and Listen: Pianist Avery Gagliano Plays Haydn, Liszt, and Schumann

Avery Gagliano

Seventeen-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano visited WRTI in May to perform and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. Avery played several works she performed in the early rounds of the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition where she was one of six finalists.


Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 52, Allegro

Franz Liszt: La Leggierezza

Robert Schumann: Variations on the name 'Abegg,' Op. 1

Avery studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman. She is a 2019 YoungArts Winner, a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, a three-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship (2016 – 2018), and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (2014 – 2016).

As a soloist, Avery has collaborated with orchestras such as the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the MostArts Festival Orchestra, and the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and has recently garnished top prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the MostArts Festival piano competition.

Her success has taken her to stages at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues such as the Aspen International Music Festival, Ravinia Pavilion, the Kennedy Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Avery recently performed as a guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and looks forward to attending the Verbier Academy this summer.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.