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Norman Krieger

About this Artist

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity, and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique—take that for granted. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for instant miscalculates. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear.”

Myung -Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden, and Zubin Mehta are just a few of the conductors with whom Krieger has collaborated. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and South America, including tours of Germany, France, Poland, Holland, Scandinavia, Korea, China, New Zealand, and Israel. He recently performed at the PyeongChang Music festival in Korea. In September 2014, he recorded Brahms’ Sonata Op. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philip Ryan Mann, which will be released on Decca.

In recital, Krieger has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Asia, while his chamber music collaborations have included appearances with soprano Sheri Greenawald; violinists Paul Huang, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, and Mihaela Martin; violist Nobuko Imai; cellists Myung Wha Chung, Jian Wang, Edward Aaron, and Frans Helmersen as well as the Tokyo string quartet. His debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Mostly Mozart Festival earned him an immediate invitation to Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. Krieger made headlines by being named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition.

He began his studies in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Esther Lipton. At age 15, he became a full-scholarship student of Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School where he earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees. Subsequently, he studied with Alfred Brendel and Maria Curcio in London and earned an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Russell Sherman.

A champion of contemporary music, he features the music of John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Daniel Brewbaker, Donald Crockett, Judith St. Croix, Lukas Foss, Henri Lazarof, and Lowell Liebermann among his active repertoire.

Krieger is the founding artistic director of the Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. Since 2008, he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1997 to 2016, he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Since 2016, he has been the chair of the piano department at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.