The American pianist Reed Tetzloff is one of the brightest stars of a new generation of musicians. He enthralls audiences with his “magical tone” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and “ebullient” virtuosity (Gramophone Magazine). His rhetorical approach to the music he performs, along with a warmly charismatic stage presence, are frequently recognized as trademarks of his communication with an audience.
He showcases his unique gifts as a recitalist and concerto soloist on three continents, having made his Lincoln Center debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall, both in 2012.
His recitals and concerto performances have been heard across the United States, in China and in Europe.
He has given an annual multi-city tour of Belgium in each of the past four years, playing to critical acclaim at major venues including De Singel (Antwerp), Flagey (Brussels), the Miry Concertzaal (Ghent), and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Waterloo).
Elsewhere in Europe, he has performed at the Small and Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire. Festival appearances include the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy; the Northern Lights Music Festival, and repeat engagements with the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the Young Artist World Piano Festival.
A proponent of complex and often neglected repertoire, including that of the American canon, Reed Tetzloff is constantly engaging his listeners’ curiosity and broadening their horizons. His presentation of Charles Ives’ masterpiece, the ‘Concord’ Sonata, was featured at the Mannes Sounds Festival in 2018, and the legendary American pianist Ursula Oppens described his interpretation as “One of the best I have ever heard of the
piece,” hailing its “utter beauty and wild intensity.”
A semi-finalist in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, his performances were widely acclaimed in the Russian media, where he was compared to Van Cliburn and dubbed “the lyric hero of the competition.” He has also won prizes from the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition.
In reviewing Tetzloff’s debut album, Sounds of Transcendence, on the Romeo Records label, Patrick Rucker of Gramophone Magazine praised his version of the Griffes Sonata as “ranking easily with the recordings of Garrick Ohlsson and Stephen Beus as the finest available,” in addition to extolling his “refined touch,” “rhetorical aptness,” and “fervent rapture” in music of Franck and Scriabin.
Born in 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he previously studied with Dr. Paul Wirth and won numerous top prizes in state, regional, and national competitions prior to college, including in the national finals of the Music Teachers’ National Association Piano Competition. Mr. Tetzloff went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Mannes College (BM, 2014; MM, 2016), studying at the legendary Upper West Side campus with Piano Department Chair Pavlina Dokovska.
In 2019, Reed Tetzloff was nominated an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society, in whose Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series he is a frequent performer. He has a residency in the Village Meridian Series in New York City both as a soloist and as part of the newly founded Gerlach-Tetzloff Duo, cello and piano.
Reed Tetzloff is a Yamaha Artist.
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