BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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JEFFREY CHAPPELL first gained national attention at the age of 24 by substituting for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice without rehearsal, performing the Brahms Second Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony to critical acclaim. Now a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, he has appeared throughout the United States in recital and with major symphony orchestras such as those of Philadephia, St. Louis, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis, collaborating with conductors including Catherine Comet, Sergiu Comissiona, Leon Fleisher, and Davin Zinman. He has performed in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and has participated in music festivals including Marlboro, Piccolo Spoleto, and the La Gesse Festival in France. Wherever he goes, he garners standing ovations from audiences and glowing praise from the press such as, “Some rise above their colleagues in how well and originally they communicate. One of the latter is Jeffrey Chappell.–New York Times” and “His technique is mastered to the point that one forgets it. The heart rules the fingers.–Le Soir, Brussels” and “Chappell established an immediate bond between himself and the audience.–Brazil Herald, Rio de Janeiro”. He has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Wolf Trap Park and is a recording artist on multiple labels.

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JEFFREY CHAPPELL, pianist, has performed throughout the United States and abroad in recitals and in chamber music. He has been a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver, Indianapolis, Oakland, Baton Rouge, and Key West as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Missouri Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphony. His many appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra include concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap Park, as well as a substitution for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice, playing the Brahms Second Concerto without rehearsal and to critical acclaim. Many of his recitals and concerto performances have been heard on nationwide radio broadcasts.

Mr. Chappell has toured South America with recitals in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, and Surinam, and has given concerts with orchestras in Mexico City, El Salvador, and Quito. In Europe he has performed in France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, and in Asia he has performed in Japan and Indonesia. He has appeared at summer music festivals in the United States, including Marlboro, Chautauqua, Spoleto, Ambler, Bedford Springs, and Tidewater, and in France at the Music at La Gesse Festival and the Musique d’Eté Festival. A prizewinner in numerous competitions, Mr. Chappell was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Chappell is also an award-winning composer. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition, and “Shadowdance” for piano and wind ensemble was commissioned by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, while he was their composer-in-residence, with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation. His recent works integrate techniques of classical composition with elements of American popular music, and can be heard on three recordings recently released on the Centaur label. As a recording artist, Mr. Chappell also made the world premiere recordings of the Piano Concerto by James Grant and “The Dream Wanderer” by Sotireos Vlahopoulos. He has recorded on the Telarc, Centaur, Albany, Petrichor, MSR Classics, and MMC labels.

Mr. Chappell was a scholarship student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory and Eleanor Sokoloff and Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. His early studies were in St. Louis, Missouri, as the protégé of Jane Allen. Mr. Chappell is on the faculties of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He was a contributing editor for Piano & Keyboard Magazine. For more information, please visit jeffreychappell.com.

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JEFFREY CHAPPELL has performed throughout the United States in recitals and chamber music and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Indianapolis. His many appearances with the Baltimore Symphony include concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap, and a substitution for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice playing the Brahms Second Concerto. Many of his performances have been heard on nationwide radio broadcasts. He has concertized in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and has appeared at summer festivals including Marlboro and the La Gesse Festival. He was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Chappell has recorded on the Telarc, Centaur, Albany, Petrichor, MSR Classics, and MMC record labels. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition, and “Shadowdance” was commissioned by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation. He served as a contributing editor for Piano&Keyboard Magazine. His teachers were Jane Allen, Eleanor Sokoloff and Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. He is on the faculties of Goucher College and The Levine School of Music. For more information, visit jeffreychappell.com.


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JEFFREY CHAPPELL has performed throughout the United States in recitals and chamber music and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Houston, and Indianapolis. He has concertized in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and has appeared at summer festivals including Marlboro and the La Gesse Festival. Mr. Chappell is also a recording artist and an award-winning composer. His teachers were Jane Allen, Eleanor Sokoloff and Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. He is on the faculties of Goucher College and The Levine School of Music. He was a contributing editor for Piano&Keyboard Magazine. For more information, visit jeffreychappell.com.


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JEFFREY CHAPPELL has performed throughout the United States in recitals and chamber music and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras. He has concertized in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He is also a recording artist and an award-winning composer. His teachers were Jane Allen, Eleanor Sokoloff and Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. He is on the faculties of Goucher College and The Levine School of Music. For more information, visit jeffreychappell.com.