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Diane Walsh

An esteemed artist of distinction, the American pianist DIANE WALSH is regularly heard on disc and in recital, chamber music and concerto performances throughout the world. In addition to possessing a vast and varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Berg, her recent work on the theatre stage has brought wider recognition of her superlative musical gifts.

From February through May 2009, Ms. Walsh appeared on Broadway in 113 performances of 33 Variations, a play by Moisés Kaufman, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, starring Jane Fonda. The work focuses on Beethoven’s last years and his composition of the Diabelli Variations, which Ms. Walsh performed on stage throughout the play. She was also the pianist in two previous productions of 33 Variations at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA.

Diane Walsh has been guest soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Austin, Delaware, Indianapolis, San Francisco, St. Louis and Syracuse, and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, she appeared with the radio symphony orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as orchestras in Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Russia. In recital, Ms. Walsh has been presented in many of the country’s most distinguished venues, among them New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Miller Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, while international sites include Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonic Hall (Leningrad), Dvorák Hall (Prague) and the Mozarteum (Salzburg).

An active recording artist, Diane Walsh has released 15 discs of diverse repertoire for Biddulph, Composers Recordings, Inc., KOCH International, Newport Classic, Nonesuch, Sony and Stereophile. Jonathan Digital Recordings has issued the Beethoven Diabelli Variations and, most recently, volumes one and two of the complete Schubert Piano Sonatas.

Diane Walsh is constantly in demand as a chamber musician, frequently performing at the music festivals of Bard, Chesapeake, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Strings Music Festival and the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall. She has collaborated with the Brentano, Fine Arts, Lydian and Mendelssohn string quartets, and is a member of both the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio and La Fenice (comprised of piano, string trio and oboe). For several seasons, Ms. Walsh served as Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York, a tenure during which she presented world-renowned performers and designed and performed in innovative programs that included An Evening with Bill Irwin and The Love Letters of Robert and Clara, set to music by the Schumanns.

Among her many honors and awards, Diane Walsh includes the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was winner of top prizes in the Munich ARD and Salzburg Mozart competitions, as well as Maryland’s William Kapell International Competition and Italy’s Busoni International Competition. A prizewinner in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she also won that competition’s chamber music award.

Diane Walsh is a member of the piano faculty of New York City’s Mannes College The New School for Music. Ms. Walsh is a Steinway artist.