TROY — The Drawing Room Chamber Series at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., will begin its new season with concert pianist Steven Aldredge at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Aldredge is also a sought-after composer and an educator at Wright State University.
Aldredge received his B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Florida State University (FSU) as a student and graduate teaching assistant of James Streem as well as Elizabeth and Eugene Pridnonff. In his early career, he made a name for himself in numerous national and international competitions such as Joanna Hodges Competition, Washington D.C. International, MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artists Piano Comeptition, Simone Blesky Award International Competition, and the MacMahon International Competition and many others. He was the first prize winner of the Florida FSMTA Collegiate Artist Competition for three years in a row (1989-91), the only pianist ever to achieve this distinction. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Presser Award as well as the winner of the Burgin Scholarship Competition.
He has performed throughout the U.S. and the world with recital series such as the MacDowell Series, The Bay Area Artist Series, The Cincinnati Museum of Art, The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, the NFA Rising Stars, Shimisu-Cho Pacific Arts Series, the Artbeat of Israel, and the College Music Society. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with Stanley Drucker, Charles DeLaney, Klaus Peisteiner, Peter Schmidl, Claudia Waite, Roderick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Michele Bettez, and Miriam Kramer, among many others.
As a fellowship winner of the Pacific Music Festival, Aldredge performed a series of collaborative concerts in Japan with the principal members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra which were broadcast throughout Asia and performed with the Pacific Festival Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Tutti Solisti, an international ensemble devoted to the performance of chamber music.
Aldredge’s original compositions have been published by Lornez Publishing, Soundforth and Colla Voce Publishing. They include sacred works such as “I Will Lift My Eyes” and “Night of Tears, Night of Grace” and sensitive explorations such as “Lament for a Soldier” and “Voices of Children for Soprano and Oboe”. He also composed an ode to William Blake’s eighteenth century poetry called “3 Poems by William Blake for SATB and Piano” and a modern opera called “The Hatfield-McCoy Triptychs”. These and other well published compositions are known for their subtlety as well as their penetrating insight.
The series is presented free to the public. Learn more about Hayner’s cultural events at www.TroyHayner.org.