b"Awadagin Pratt, pianoAmonghisgenerationnumerous residency and outreach activities wher-of concert artists, pia- ever he appears . He is also frequently invited to nistAwadaginPrattisparticipate on international competition juries, acclaimed for his musi- such as the Rubinstein International Piano Master cal insight and intenselyCompetition in Israel, the Cleveland International involving performancesPiano Competition, the Minnesota e-Competition, : ROB DAVIDSON PHOTOin recitals and with sym- the Unisa International Piano Competition in South phony orchestras . Africa and the Competition for Young Pianists in BorninPittsburgh,Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine .AwadaginPrattbeganPratts recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long studying piano at the age of 6 . Three years later,Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live having moved to Normal, Illinois, with his family,From South Africa, Transformations and an all Bach he also began studying violin . At the age of 16, hedisc with the St . Lawrence String Quartet . His most entered the University of Illinois, where he stud- recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello ied piano, violin and conducting . He subsequentlyand Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a record-enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Musicing of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the where he became the first student in the school'sHarlem String Quartet for Navona Records .history to receive diplomas in three performanceAwadagin Pratt is also the founder and Artistic areaspiano, violin and conducting . Director of the Art of the Piano and produces a In 1992, Pratt won the Naumburg Internationalfestivaleveryspringfeaturingperformances Piano Competition and two years later was awardedandconversationswithwell-knownfaculty an Avery Fisher Career Grant . Since then, he hasmembers and pianists . Through the Art of the played numerous recitals throughout the UnitedPiano Foundation, Pratt has commissioned seven States, including performances at Lincoln Center,composersJessie Montgomery, Alvin Singleton, the Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion inJudd Greenstein, Tyshawn Sorey, Jonathan Bailey Los Angeles, Chicagos Orchestra Hall and the NewHolland, Paola Prestini and Peteris Vasksto Jersey Performing Arts Center . His many orchestralcompose works for piano with string orchestra performances include appearances with the Newand/or A Roomful of Teeth . Singletons work was York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and thepremiered with the New World Symphony in April Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Indianapolis,2021 and Montgomerys concerto was performed Atlanta, St . Louis, National and Detroit symphoniesin the spring of 2022, by a consortium of nine among many others . Summer festival engagementsU .S . orchestras, including St . Louis, Baltimore, include appearances at Ravinia, Blossom, Wolftrap,Milwaukee and Indianapolis symphonies .Caramoor, Aspen and the Hollywood Bowl . Pratt is currently a Professor of Piano and Artist-Anexperiencedconductor,Pratthascon- in-Residence at the College-Conservatory of Music ducted programs with the Toledo, New Mexico,at the University of Cincinnati . He also served as the Vancouver,Washington,Winston-SalemandArtistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Santa Fe symphonies, the Northwest Sinfonietta,Cincinnati and the Next Generation Festival . In rec-the Concertante di Chicago and several orchestrasognition of his achievements in the field of classical in Japan . Upcoming conducting activities includemusic, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award playing/conducting the Chamber Orchestra offrom Johns Hopkins University, as well as honorary Pittsburgh and conducting performances of Porgydoctorates from Illinois Wesleyan and Susquehanna and Bess for the Greensboro Opera . Universities and delivered commencement address-Agreatfavoriteoncollegeanduniversityes at those institutions and Peabody Conservatory .performing arts series and a strong advocate ofAwadagin Pratt is a Yamaha artist . For more music education, Awadagin Pratt participates ininformation, please visit www .awadagin .com14Santa Rosa SymphonyRESIDENT ORCHESTRA|WEILL HALL, THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER"