LEWISTON — Henry Kramer, a member of the new generation of pianists on the concert stage, will appear in concert at The Franco Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, to present the second Piano Series program of the season. His recital will include works by Chopin and Brahms.

Before this 2005 Cape Elizabeth High School graduate completed his studies at Juilliard School, and later, Yale School of Music, he was giving solo and ensemble performances in North America, Europe and China.

Kramer has earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, held in Calgary, Alberta, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, the sixth Shanghai International Piano Competition, where he also received the prize for Best Performance of Strauss Lieder, and the eighth National Chopin Competition in Miami. This past spring, as winner of the 2015 Petschek Recital Debut Award from Juilliard, he performed at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

He appeared as soloist with orchestras in Shanghai, Calgary, Ankara and Montreal, among other cities, and twice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. In spring 2012, he made his European debut in a solo recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WMFT in Chicago, WQXR in New York and on CBC/Radio-Canada.

An engaging chamber musician, Kramer has been featured in performances at the Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest! and most recently in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. He also attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, as well as festivals in Sarasota, La Jolla, and Santa Barbara. Recently, he appeared on Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute tour at Boston’s Gardner Museum, New York’s Morgan Library and in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador.

Kramer began serious study of the piano only at age 11, after his family moved to Cape Elizabeth. While in high school, on weekends, he attended the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. In 2005, he won the Bangor Symphony’s High School Concerto Competition and  twice been soloist with that orchestra. Later, he received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where his principal teachers were Julian Martin and Robert McDonald. He went on to receive his artist’s diploma at the Yale School of Music under Boris Berman.

He is the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music at Smith College.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and all students are admitted for free. Season passes for the entire piano series are available for $50.

To purchase tickets, visit the box office at 46 Cedar St. between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, visit www.francocenter.org or call 207-689-2000.


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