Since making her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series in 1974, Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in forty-six of the fifty states and in twenty-one other countries. Highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum and Miller Theatre in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Great Hall in St. Petersburg and the Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall in Prague. Reviewers have praised her "soulful outpouring," "intelligent virtuosity" and "exquisite care and loving touch."
Ms. Walsh has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Rochester, Delaware, Syracuse and American symphonies, the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies and orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Tashkent, Hilversum and Prague. She was the soloist in the world premiere of Orphée Serenade by William Bolcom at Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and also toured Europe with that ensemble. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Leon Botstein, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, John Giordano, Erich Kunzel, John Nelson and Peter Bay.
In 2009 she gave 113 performances of Beethoven's Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli as the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman's Tony-award-winning play 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda. Ms. Walsh was the pianist in three other productions of the play, in Washington, La Jolla and Los Angeles, and has released an acclaimed recording of the Diabelli Variations for Jonathan Digital Recordings.
Diane Walsh has been awarded many honors, including the top prizes at the Munich ARD International Piano Competition, Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Concert Artists Guild International Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was also a prizewinner at the Van Cliburn, Ferruccio Busoni and William Kapell competitions.
Summer chamber music festivals where she has performed include the Marlboro Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. She also was artistic director of the Skaneateles Festival for five years. She is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio and the quintet La Fenice, both founded in 2001.
Ms. Walsh has released seventeen recordings of diverse repertoire on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos labels. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich, and from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Richard Goode. She is a Steinway Artist.