Stravinsky & Beethoven

Gavin George, piano
David Danzmayr, conductor


Fourteen-year-old pianist Gavin George began formal piano instruction at age three-and-a-half and made his concerto debut at age seven performing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, George performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall and was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg. In 2011, he became the youngest musician to perform on the Emmy-award winning show From the Top, broadcast on NPR. This same year he was awarded first prize in the SAA’s International Piano Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3. With sponsorship from PNC Bank, “Gavin George: Live on Your Screen” streamed his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra live. Chosen by the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra to be featured in their 79th Anniversary Concert, George performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. He was selected as one of the PRODIGIES series documentary profiles appearing on the YouTube THNKRTV channel created by Radical Media and has been a featured performer on both the CBS Early Show and The Queen Latifah Show.

George has given recital and concerto performances both nationally and internationally from a young age. Some of his orchestral performances include Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra), Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor (Springfield Symphony Orchestra), Ravel’s Concerto in G Major (Lexington Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra), Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Westerville Symphony Orchestra) and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra). He has performed recitals in venues such as Constitution Hall (Washington D.C.); Ocean Reef Club Performance Center (Key Largo); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego); Xavier University (Cincinnati); Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis); Tassel Performing Arts Center (Nebraska); Gartner Auditorium (Cleveland); Vianden Castle (Luxembourg); and Sorrento, Italy.

George studies piano with Antonio Pompa-Baldi and has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, John Perry, and Boris Slutsky, among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Gavin is a voracious learner and excels in all academic areas, holding particular interest in science, mathematics, and literature. In his free time, he enjoys snow skiing, tennis, and playing with his younger brother, Max.