Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation.
Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.
Mr. Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and made his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003. He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Mr. Wallick has performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Cape Town Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops, Evansville Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony, Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Portland Symphony, and the Winston-Salem Symphony; and collaborated with Erich Kunzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Moody, Daniel Raiskin, Daniel Boico, Arjen Tien, Yasuo Shinozaki, Andrew Sewell, Vladimir Verbitsky, Victor Yampolsky, Josep Vicent, Leslie Dunner, Alfred Savia, Christopher Confessore, and Carmon Deleon among others. Mr. Wallick has performed recitals at the Chateau Differdange in Luxembourg, on the Tivoli Artists Series in Copenhagen, Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, Xavier Piano Series (Cincinnati), Scottsdale Center’s Steinway Series, Sanibel Island Music Festival, and the Classics in the Atrium Series in the British Virgin Islands. In March 2002, Mr. Wallick played two solo performances at Ledreborg Palace for HRH Princess Marie Gabrielle Luxembourg and HRH Prince Philip Bourbon de Parme.
Bryan Wallick is deeply committed to chamber music and has performed on tours with violinists Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Rachel Lee Priday, Miriam Contzen, Sergei Malov, Zanta Hofmeyer, and cellists Zuill Bailey, Alexander Buzlov, Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt, Peter Martens, and Anzel Gerber. He has recently taken over as the Artistic Director of Schalk Visser/Bryan Wallick Concert Promotions which hosts many international musicians who perform concert tours throughout South Africa. Mr. Wallick has been invited to be on the guest piano faculty of Musicfest Perugia in Italy during July 2019 and has also been invited to judge the second Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in November 2019.
Bryan Wallick’s 2017/18 engagements included return appearances with the Butler Philharmonic, Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, and solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Rising Star Series in South Hampton (New York), Grand Piano Series in Naples (Florida), Fitton Center in Hamilton (Ohio), and other recitals throughout South Africa. He collaborated with American cellist Zuill Bailey on a South African tour in October 2017. His 2018/19 engagements include a return engagement with the Cape Town Philharmonic, debut performances with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals at the University of Texas (Austin), University of Texas (El Paso), Scottsdale Center in Arizona, and throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe. He performed cello duo recitals with Peter Martens in March and October 2018 and performed with Russian trio partners violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and cellist Alexander Buzlov during a tour in June 2018. He also performed with soprano Hanli Stapela at the September 2018 “Doctor’s in Performance” conference held in Vilnius, Lithuania. He will be performing tours with cellist Alexander Ramm and Yi-Jia Susanne Hou in 2019.
Mr. Wallick has performed on Chicago’s WFMT Fazioli Series and “Live on WFMT,” on BBC’s radio show “In Tune,” National Ukrainian Television and Radio, on Danish National Radio, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He was recently given a grant by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to explore his synesthetic realities in a multimedia project that allows the audience to see the colors he experiences while performing. Synesthesia is the ability to experience two or more sensory experiences with one stimulus. Bryan Wallick sees colors with each musical pitch and has created a computer program that projects images of his colored visions to the audience.
Mr. Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City, where he was the first The Juilliard School graduate to receive both an undergraduate Honors Diploma (2000) and an accelerated Master’s degree (2001). He continued his studies with Christopher Elton in London at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was the recipient of the Associated Board International Scholarship, receiving a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction, and previously studied with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. George Plimpton’s feature article on Bryan Wallick appeared in the March 2002 edition of Contents magazine.