Scott Dunn, Piano
SCOTT DUNN, pianist, conductor and associate artistic director of the
Music Festival of the Hamptons made his Carnegie Hall debut in
January 1999 with Dennis Russell Davies and the American Composers
Orchestra playing the world premiere of Vernon Duke's 1923 Concerto
in C (written for Rubinstein and orchestrated by Dunn himself). In
recent months he has appeared with such distinguished ensembles as
the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (with John Mauceri) and the St. Louis
Symphony (with Marin Alsop); performed in the official Kurt Weill
Centennial Concerts in Berlin (with Angelina Reaux); recorded and
performed with composer-pianist Richard Rodney Bennett; made
broadcasts on radio WNYC in New York and on NPR in Los Angeles; and
this May he made his European conducting debut with the Philharmonic
in Pleven, Bulgaria.
Dunn holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where
he studied piano with legendary Byron Janis, composition with Ludmila
Ulehla and earned the Cohn prize for chamber music. A winner also of
the USIS's Artistic Ambassadors Competition, he was awarded a highly
acclaimed seven-week solo concert tour of Europe and former Soviet States.
Born in rural Iowa, Dunn began music studies at seven and by age
twelve he was making solo appearances with Midwestern orchestras.
Frustrated with international competitions, he was initially
reluctant to establish a musical career and instead earned an M.D.
and board certification in ophthalmology. After a seven year absence
from the stage, Dunn gave a solo concert in Los Angeles, designed to
raise funds for charity surgery in Guatemala, which the Los Angeles
Times reviewed and exclaimed " an abundance of technique and
musicality&ldots;clearly born to play the piano". Encouraged,
Dunn followed his heart, left medicine, moved to New York and a
burgeoning career has followed.
A prize-winning advocate of American music, Dunn has appeared as soloist and collaborator in concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His performances and recordings of contemporary piano music have won him the endorsements of numerous prominent composers (including the festival's own director Lukas Foss). His playing is available on CRI, Neuma, Albany and illia C.D. labels. His new solo CD the night's music is available through Amazon.com. He performs exclusively on Steinway piano.