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A native of Los Angeles, NORMAN KRIEGER is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity, and virtuosic flair. Zubin Mehta Marin Alsop, Myung Whun Chung, Miguel Harth Bedoya, JoAnn Falletta, Jeffrey Kahane, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Keith Lockhart, Jaap van Sweden and Carl St. Clair are just a few of conductors Norman Krieger has collaborated with.
Norman Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Dayton, Rochester philharmonics, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, California, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, El Paso, Florida, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Long Beach, Milwaukee, New Haven, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Saint Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Spokane, Stockton, Syracuse, and Virginia, among others, as well as Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México and Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa.
Abroad, he has been guest soloist with Germany’s Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg, Holland’s Orkest van het Oosten, Prague's Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
In recital, Norman Krieger has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Asia, while chamber music collaborations have included appearances with sopranos Beverly Hoch and Sheri Greenawald, cellists Jian Wang, Zuill Bailey and the Tokyo and Manhattan String Quartets. Norman Krieger made his debut at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall and Mostly Mozart Festival, earning an immediate invitation to Lincoln Center’s 2005/06 Great Performers Series.
In addition to performing at the Grand Teton and Oregon’s famed Britt Festivals, with Peter Bay conducting, Norman Krieger’s current season is highlighted by re-engagements with the Dayton, Colorado Springs, and Long Island philharmonic’s, the Richmond Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic.
In 1987, Norman Krieger made headlines by being named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. Earlier, in 1984, he earned selection to the distinguished roster of Affiliate Artists, where he participated in the Xerox Pianists Program from 1984 to 1986. Krieger is also the recipient of the Paderewski Foundation Award, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, the Victor Herbert Memorial Prize, the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artists Competition Prize, and the Saint Louis Symphony Prize.
Norman Krieger’s first piano teacher was his uncle, Rudy Hadda. Later training began in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Esther Lipton. At the age of 15, he became a full scholarship student of Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School, at which he earned both bachelor and master’s degrees. Subsequently, he studied with Alfred Brendel and Maria Curcio in London and earned an Artists Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Russell Sherman.
A champion of contemporary music, Norman Krieger features the music of John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Daniel Brewbaker, Donald Crockett, Judith St. Croix, Lukas Foss, and Lowell Liebermann among his active repertoire.
Norman Krieger’s solo recordings include five albums available on the Artisie 4 label: Norman Krieger - Transformations - comprised of Liszt’s two piano concertos and Totentanz - with the Prague Radio Orchestra; Gershwin in Prague - including Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F - with the Prague National Symphony Orchestra, and Tomas Svoboda’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, both under the baton of Neal Gittleman; Norman Krieger Piano Recital, with music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin; and American Piano Concertos, featuring works by MacDowell and David Wiley with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr. Wiley.
Chamber music collaborations include Raising the Roof, an album of chamber music by Haydn, Bloch, Bruch, and Martinu° (Artisie 4); The Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival, including works by Barber, Beethoven, Bizet, Chopin, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky (Artisie 4); Voices Through Time, works of Brahms and Schubert with flutist Emily Skala (Summit); and Summerdays, music of Barber, Berg, Bernstein, Gershwin, Glazunov, Lehár, and Mozart, from the Musical Masterworks Festival at Old Lyme (Well-Tempered).
In 2013 he will perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with the New West Symphony, Beethoven’s Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 with the Dayton Philharmonic, and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Norman Krieger regularly gives master classes around the world.
Norman Krieger is the founding Artistic Director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. In 1997, he earned appointment as Professor of Keyboard Studies on the distinguished faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music. Since 2008 he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music festival in North Carolina.