For more than 25 years, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to performing, she serves as artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival as well as curator for chamber music for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.
The breadth of Ms. McDermott’s repertoire reaches from Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin, and today’s most influential composers. Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas; Bach’s English Suites and partitas (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone magazine); solo works by Chopin; and, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s complete piano and orchestral works (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone magazine). In 2013, Ms. McDermott released a disc of three Mozart piano concertos with the Calder Quartet, which Gramophone called “exceptional on every count.” Most recently, she recorded five Haydn sonatas and two Haydn concertos with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, performing two cadenzas written by Charles Wuorinen.
In recent years, Ms. McDermott participated in the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s all-Gershwin Silver Jubilee Celebration and embarked on a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with Santa Fe Pro Musica. She also premiered a new concerto by Poul Ruders with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and recorded it alongside Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and she played Gershwin with the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail. Ms. McDermott has also performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 595, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Donald Runnicles; Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052, with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the New York City–based ensemble Le Train Bleu.
In 2012, Ms. McDermott performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Bramwell Tovey. She also toured the West Coast with award-winning violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and she performed the complete Beethoven piano trios with violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist Peter Wiley and the complete Beethoven cello sonatas with cellist Lynn Harrell. Other recent international engagements include a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra at the Cartagena International Music Festival and an all-Haydn recital tour of China. Additional highlights include special performances of works by Mr. Wuorinen in New York and at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday. Mr. Wuorinen wrote his Fourth Piano Sonata for Ms. McDermott, which she premiered at The Town Hall in New York City and also recorded.
Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; Orchestra of the League of Composers; Moscow Virtuosi; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and Atlanta, Baltimore, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, National, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego, and Seattle symphony orchestras, among others. She’s also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.
Ms. McDermott is a longtime member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom she performs and tours extensively each season. With CMS, she’s performed all of Prokofiev’s piano sonatas and chamber music, and she’s appeared on a three-concert series featuring chamber music by Shostakovich. Ms. McDermott, along with Ms. Kavafian, Mr. Wiley, and violist Steven Tenenbom, is a member of the piano quartet OPUS ONE, which has commissioned more than a dozen works. She also tours annually with Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg and performs as part of a trio with her sisters, the violinist Kerry McDermott and the cellist Maureen McDermott.
Anne-Marie McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music and is a winner of the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women, the Young Concert Artists Auditions, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She lives in New York City with her husband, Michael, and her Maltese, Sammy.