For over 25 years Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In addition to performing, she also serves as Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail and Ocean Reef music festivals, 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, and Scriabin to works by today’s most influential composers. In the fall of 2014 she premiered a concerto by Poul Ruders in Europe. Charles Wuorinen’s last solo piano sonata, which she has recorded, was written for her and premiered at New York’s Town Hall. Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas, Bach’s English Suites and partitas (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone), solo works by Chopin, and Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Dallas Symphony (also Editor’s Choice, Gramophone). In 2013 she released a disc of Mozart concerti with the Calder Quartet (“exceptional on every count” – Gramophone). Most recently she recorded five Haydn piano sonatas and two Haydn concertos with the Odense Philharmonic in Denmark, including cadenzas written by Charles Wuorinen.
In summer 2014 Ms. McDermott performed the Mozart Concerto, K. 595 with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Donald Runnicles, the Bach D Minor Concerto with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the New York City-based Le Train Bleu. In the 2014-15 season she looks forward to return engagements with the Vancouver and Dallas symphonies. In 2013 Ms. McDermott performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Bramwell Tovey. She also did a west coast tour with award-winning violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra; the complete Beethoven piano trios with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley; and the complete Beethoven cello sonatas with Lynn Harrell. Other recent international highlights include a performance of Schumann’s piano concerto with the Sao Paulo Symphony at the Cartagena Festival and an all-Haydn recital tour of china. Ms. McDermott gave special performances of works by Charles Wuorinen in New York and at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday.
Ms. McDermott has performed with many other leading orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Diego, Dallas, Columbus, Seattle, Houston, Colorado, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, New Jersey, Austin, Nashville, Chattanooga, North Carolina, Hartford, and Baltimore, among others. She is a longtime member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom she performs and tours extensively each season. With CMS she has performed the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas and chamber music, as well as a three-concert series of chamber music by Shostakovich. Ms. McDermott enjoys touring as a member of OPUS ONE, a chamber group with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley. Together they have commissioned over 15 new works. She also tours annually with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and performs as part of a trio with her sisters, Kerry and Maureen McDermott. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and was a winner of both 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.
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