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Stewart Goodyear

Known for imagination, a graceful, elegant style and exquisite technique, Stewart Goodyear, is an accomplished young artist whose career spans many genres—concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.

Mr. Goodyear has performed with many of the major orchestras of the world—including six separate appearances to date with the Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra among others.

He has a long-standing relationship with the orchestras of Toronto and New Jersey, both of which have nurtured his career from an early age; and his continued work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa covers his many sides with regular appearances in recitals and chamber music concerts there in addition to his orchestral concerts.

Mr. Goodyear also continues his vibrant partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director, Paavo Jarvi with whom he appears frequently.

This season, Mr. Goodyear makes his subscription debuts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and returns on main season concerts to the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Winnipeg Symphony and many others.

Conductors with whom Mr. Goodyear has collaborated are Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Andrew Davis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Andrew Litton, Yakov Kreizberg, Emmanuel Krivine, Osmo Vanska, Charles Dutoit, Pinchas Zukerman, Jun Markl, Hugh Wolff, Stefan Sanderling, JoAnn Falletta, Gerard Schwarz, Peter Oundjian, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Roberto Minczuk.

He has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Bad Kissingen, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; and he has performed with the Festivals of Caramoor, Santa Fe, and Ravinia.

In addition to his talents as a pianist, Stewart is a composer and frequently performs his own works, including his solo piano work, "Variations on 'Eleanor Rigby',” which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York in August 2000, and his Piano Sonata, both of which have received continual acclaim by critics and audiences alike. He has written by commission for the Toronto Youth Symphony for its 25th anniversary, as well as for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His first large-scale work for orchestra “Caribbiana” was commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and received its premiere performances in March, 2005 in concerts conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. A new work for chorus was premiered by the Nathaniel Dette chorale of Canada in Toronto (June 2005).

Stewart has been noted for his innovation and is one of the rare classical musicians to always improvise his cadenzas when performing concertos from the classical period. He has been repeatedly praised for both the inspiring individuality and appreciation of the composer’s own style that he clearly conveys in every performance.

A native of Toronto, Stewart holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School of Music studying with Oxana Yablonskaya. He previously studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman and Claude Frank.

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