Nolan Pearson, winner of the 2012 Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, has been praised by the New York Times as a "high-energy pianist" who "brought beauty and cohesiveness" to his interpretations of new music. As soloist he has appeared with conductors including Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Stefan Asbury, Bridget Reischl and Robert Hasty and in recital in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America.
He has performed this season at the Hong Kong City Hall Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Series, Fridays at the Rolston in Banff, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Music in Istanbul. Mr. Pearson is very active as a chamber musician and has recently appeared with Cho-Liang Lin, Lucy Shelton, Gary Hoffman, Chicago Pro Musica, the Quartetto di Cremona and the Mark Morris Dance Group. As the original pianist of the New Fromm Players, who were called “fearlessly accomplished” by the Boston Globe, he worked closely with composers including Bright Sheng, Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen, and Joseph Schwantner. He performed at Elliott Carter’s Centenary at Tanglewood in 2008, and has been dedicated to commissioning solo piano works from young American composers.
After beginning his studies with Jill Sprenger in Fort Worth, he attended the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University as a pupil of Robert Shannon and Ursula Oppens. Mr. Pearson has been winner of other major grants including the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, the Henri Kohn Award, and the Lindsay Competition. He also holds a degree in Biochemistry and has been an Instructor at Northwestern since 2009.