Pianist Evan Mitchell
Morning Passages from The Hours
Souvenir de Porto Rico and The Banjo
selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Barcarolle in F-sharp, Op. 60
Nocturne No. 6 in F-flat, Op. 63
The East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents pianist Evan Mitchell for an evening of French and American piano music. A passionate and articulate advocate for the arts, Evan Mitchell looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences, and to inspire in others a love for music. The Texas Commission on the Arts recently named Evan to its Texas Touring Roster, a program that provides grants to nonprofit presenters in order to fund performances by the state’s finest musicians, poets, visual artists, and more. His performance at Liberty Hall is made possible in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Lauded for his “impassioned and vigorous” playing (Pianomania), pianist Evan Mitchell has established himself as a bold and versatile artist. His richly varied schedule of nearly 100 performances per year includes solo recitals, concerti, chamber music, outreach, and orchestral keyboard work. His performances have been deemed “incredibly beautiful” (Fanfare), “amazing” (Fort Worth Weekly), and “no less than stunning” (Lima News). Evan’s new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” He is also featured on the 2012 release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”
Evan’s performances have been heard in New York’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in ten countries on four continents, radio broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), WFHB (Bloomington), Classic FM 94.7 (Shanghai), and televised in North Texas. Recent highlights include debuts for the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. Evan has soloed in concerti with such ensembles as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Victoria Symphony; worked with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Case Scaglione, Darryl One, Crafton Beck, and David Effron; and collaborated in recital with major artists including clarinetists Corrado Giuffredi and Michael Webster, flutists Leone Buyse and Jim Walker, double bassist Gary Karr, plus members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Cleveland and Rio de Janeiro (OSB). The 2018-19 season finds Evan soloing in the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and Choral Fantasy, collaborating in chamber music projects including the piano and woodwind quintets of Mozart and Beethoven as well as the rarely-performed Piano Quintet by blind Bohemian composer Josef Labor, and performing solo recitals across the country featuring the twelve etudes of Claude Debussy.
A passionate and articulate advocate for the arts, Evan looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences, and to inspire in others a love for music. The Texas Commission on the Arts recently named Evan to its Texas Touring Roster, a program that provides grants to nonprofit presenters in order to fund performances by the state’s finest musicians, poets, visual artists, and more. This season, Evan returns for a seventh year as a featured artist for Cliburn in the Classroom, the signature educational outreach program of the Cliburn, which exposes more than 30,000 public school students annually to classical music and for which he has given more than 250 performances. Other performance affiliations include Avant Chamber Ballet and DFW-based Open Classical, whose motto – “Music that’s dressed down, not dumbed down” – summarizes a mission to present classical music in less formal, unconventional spaces. Evan’s enthusiasm for the music of our time is reflected in recent world premieres of works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Frank Proto, Shang Lu, and Stacy Garrop, several of which have been recorded and released commercially.
Evan has captured first prize in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Five Towns Competition, PianoTexas International Festival Concerto Competition, and the Twelfth Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, in which he was also awarded the Jacques Klein Prize for Best Performance of a Brazilian Solo Piano Work. He won Fifth Prize at the 2012 World Piano Competition, a special audience award in the final concert of the 2009 PianoFest series (Freiburg, Germany), and was featured in the Rising Stars concert of the 2008 Toronto Summer Music Festival. Most recently, he gave a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City as a quarterfinalist in the Honens International Piano Competition.
As an educator, Evan has served as Associate Instructor of Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently on the faculty of Tarrant County College. In addition to his private studio teaching, he has traveled to give masterclasses at the University of Florida, Southwestern University, Santa Fe College, and other institutions. He has served as a prescreening juror for the Dallas International Piano Competition and been invited to judge other contests including the Sonata Club Duet Competition and CMTA Solo Competition.
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Evan holds degrees from the Indiana University-Bloomington Jacobs School of Music and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. His principal teachers have included Arnaldo Cohen and the late José Feghali, and he has worked with numerous artist-teachers including Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Barry Douglas, and Ann Schein.