Bryan Wallick

photo: Shayne Hopkins

Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa.  

Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and made his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003. He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra. 

In recent seasons, Wallick has performed with the Arizona Musicfest All-Star Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Boulder Symphony, Brevard Symphony, Cape Town Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops, Evansville Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony, Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Portland Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; and collaborated with conductors Erich Kunzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Moody, Daniel Raiskin, Bernhard Gueller, Adrian Prabava, Daniel Boico, Arjen Tien, Yasuo Shinozaki, Andrew Sewell, Vladimir Verbitsky, Victor Yampolsky, Josep Vicent, Leslie Dunner, Alfred Savia, Christopher Confessore, Matthew Troy, and Wes Kenney among others. 

Wallick has performed recitals at the Chateau Differdange in Luxembourg, on the Tivoli Artists Series in Copenhagen, Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, Grand Teton Music Festival, Xavier Piano Series (Cincinnati), Scottsdale Center’s Virginia Piper Series, Sanibel Island Music Festival, Tri-C Classical Series at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Classics in the Atrium Series in the British Virgin Islands.  In March 2002, Wallick played two solo performances at Ledreborg Palace for HRH Princess Marie Gabrielle Luxembourg, and HRH Prince Philip Bourbon de Parme.  

Wallick is an avid chamber musician and has performed with violinists Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Rachel Lee Priday, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Miriam Contzen, Sergei Malov, and cellists Zuill Bailey, Alexander Buzlov, Alexander Ramm, and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt. He has recently joined the Mendelssohn Trio which is in residence at Colorado State University and most recently performed on a European tour with them in September 2022 visiting Switzerland, Austria and Germany. In 2015 he took over as Artistic Director of Schalk Visser/Bryan Wallick Concert Promotions which hosts many international musicians who perform concert tours throughout South Africa. Wallick was invited to be a guest soloist at the July 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival in Colorado and was also invited to judge the 2nd Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque NM (November 2019).

His 2019-21 engagements included appearances with the Cape Town Philharmonic, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Colorado State University Symphony, Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals at Colorado State University, Grand Teton Music Festival, University of (El Paso), Las Cruces, New Mexico, Scottsdale Center in Arizona, Ravinia Festival, Front Range Chamber Players, and throughout South Africa. During the COVID-19 pandemic he recorded the Beethoven Triple Concerto Op. 56 (Trio Version) with violinist Frank Stadler (Austria) and Peter Martens (South Africa) in an inter-continental virtual collaboration across three continents which won the KykNet Fiesta Award for Best Achievement in Classical Music for South Africa 2020. 

Wallick’s 2021-22 engagements include debut performances with the Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, and return engagements with the Brevard Symphony, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, and Kwa-zulu Natal Philharmonic. He makes his debut for the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the Library of Congress with cellist Zuill Bailey and performs his solo recital Virtuosic Fugue Vol. 2 throughout the United States and South Africa, including a return to the Ravinia Festival in August 2022. 

Wallick has performed on Chicago’s WFMT Fazioli Series and “Live on WFMT,” on BBC’s radio show “In Tune,” National Ukrainian Television and Radio, on Danish National Radio, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He was given a grant in 2006 by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to explore his synesthetic realities in a multimedia project that allows the audience to see the colors he experiences while performing. Synesthesia is the ability to experience two or more sensory experiences with one stimulus. Wallick sees colors with each musical pitch and has created a computer program that projects images of his colored visions to the audience.

Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City where he was the first Juilliard School graduate to receive both an undergraduate honors diploma (2000) and an accelerated master’s degree (2001).  He continued his studies with Christopher Elton in London at the Royal Academy of Music where he was the recipient of the Associated Board International Scholarship, receiving a Post-graduate Diploma with Distinction. He previously studied with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Wallick has recently been appointed as assistant professor of piano at Colorado State University where he lives with his wife and three children. George Plimpton’s feature article on Wallick appeared in the March 2002 edition of Contents Magazine.


Virtuosic Fugue

Virtuosic Fugue

Release Date: July 28, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6541
Solo Instrumental
Good pianists are a dime a dozen, great pianists are one in a million. American virtuoso Bryan Wallick proves that he firmly belongs to the latter category on VIRTUOSIC FUGUE, a dazzling curation of music's strictest and most challenging form, executed with a buttery, singing tone and ravishing technical bravura. These fugues by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich challenge the pianist with the age-old dilemma of the form by performing them with a mesmerizingly light, precise touch, sparingly adding accent pedaling in highly strategic places. The result isn't just a masterclass in expressive virtuosity; it's also a mentally restorative, profoundly enjoyable listening experience.