Charlie Albright returns just one year after he took Newport Music Festival audiences by storm. Called “Among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, Charlie breaks the "classical" rules of music by connecting with audiences like no other. Through his music, speaking, and unique improvisations that bring music to life, he crosses all genres... and makes it fun.
Charlie has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times, and his “extravagance that had showmanship but never felt cheap” with his “ease and smoothness that refuses to airbrush the music but animates it from within” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
This summer, Charlie will present an engaging program of classical piano, beginning with Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring alongside his stupefying improvisations. For his first Improvisation, he will ask members of the audience to suggest musical notes. Charlie, then takes the first four in order and creates a gorgeous piano piece right before the audience’s eyes, no matter how obscure the note progress may be.
Charlie ends his program with the Moonlight Sonata which was recognized as a unique achievement and has captivated audiences from its very first performance, played by Beethoven himself.
For more information please contact the Newport Music Festival: 401-849-0700