Pianist Gary Chapman has appeared as soloist with the Hartford and New Haven Symphonies, the Connecticut Orchestraat Summer Music, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and Orchestra New England. He has also appeared as a collaborative pianist at the Spoleto USA Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Yale at Norfolk, the Cham- ber Music Society at Yale, Music Mountain, the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tuscon, AZ, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in ME, and in Europe at Wigmore Hall in London, the American Cathedral and
Salle Cortot in Paris, the Pyramid in Tirana, Albania, and at colleges and universi- ties throughout the US.
He has toured with soprano Dawn Upshaw, baritone Richard Lalli, and recorded the companion CD with Mr. Lalli for the book, Listening to Classic American Popular Songs , featuring his own arrangements, published by the Yale University Press. He is currently a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble , a group devoted to the commissioning and performances of new vocal works. He has recently recorded world premieres of new works by Tom Cipullo, Christopher Berg and Richard Pearson Thomas on their new recording, The Three-Paneled Mirror for Centaur and performed on recordings for Nimbus Alliance with the New Haven Symphony in the music of William Walton and Augusta Read Thomas. This past year, he has also transcribed recordings made by composer Charles Ives in the 1930’s and 40’s to be published by the Charles Ives Society.
A pianist noted for his versatility in many genres, he has appeared as guest pianist with Musical Elements and Sequitur in New York, and recently performed the solo piano and chamber music of David Amram with the composer at Brown Universi- ty. He remains in demand as a keyboard player in all styles, performing on synthe- sizers with national Broadway touring productions; this year in tours of Evita and Wicked. His orchestral arrangements of the music of the Gershwins were featured in Pardon My English: a Portrait of the Gershwins , performed by Orchestra New England with him as piano soloist/arranger; he will appear as piano soloist with ONE in the 2014-15 season. He is also a founding member of Elite Syncopation,
a group devoted to the performance of ragtime and early jazz and plays modern and contemporary styles occasionally sitting in Monday nights at the Arch Street Tavern with the Hartford Jazz Society. Locally, he is the co-director of Sundays in the Parlor at Park, and the Hop River Chamber Music Series. His primary teachers were Paul Jacobs, Nadia Boulanger, Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and Arnold Franchetti.