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Brendan Kinsella, pianist






Full Biography

Described as a “sensitive musician with an ear for color” by the Cincinnati Enquirer, pianist Brendan Kinsella has appeared widely throughout the United States and Asia in venues such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati.  He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the College-Conservatory of Music as a pupil of Frank Weinstock (with additional coaching from James Tocco and Kenneth Griffiths) and in 2008 received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a student of Robert Weirich.  In masterclasses, he has performed for artists such as Christopher Elton, Susan Graham, Martin Katz, Ani Kavafian, Anne-Akiko Meyers, Frederic Rzewski, Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Serkin, David Shifrin, and the Takacs Quartet.  Recently, he was a Solo Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West and worked under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal, professor of piano at the Juilliard School. In 2010, he made his debut as a soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Brendan has appeared as a soloist in concerti ranging from Beethoven to Barber with the Kentucky Symphony, the Jefferson City Symphony, the CCM Chamber and Concert Orchestras, the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, and the UMKC Wind Symphony with conductors such as Xian Zhang, J.R. Cassidy, and Robert Olson.  As a collaborative pianist, he has performed both as an orchestral pianist and in duo-recitals with members of the New World Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera, and in recital with artists such as Benny Kim, Carter Enyeart, and Daniel Saenz.  

As a proponent of the music of our time, he has presented all-contemporary recitals featuring the works of living masters such as John Adams, Martin Bresnick, George Crumb, David Dzubay, and Frederic Rzewski alongside newly-commissioned works by emerging voices.  Of a 2007 performance of Rzewski’s De Profundis at Hahn Hall in Montecito, the Santa Barbara Daily Sound remarked that “Kinsella’s performance was truly astonishing, as he missed nary a beat nor tripped over any words. The sense of terror, misery, despair, disdain, and righteous anger was palpable, and the essay is ultimately life-affirming if horrifying…I’m glad to have heard it, especially by such a passionate and gifted pianist who clearly believed in his mission.”  The Kansas City Star declared in 2009 that Brendan’s interpretation of George Crumb’s chamber repertoire was “marvelous…he displayed convincing tonal colors, impressive technique, and incisive rhythms.” 

Among Brendan’s experiences as a visiting artist at festivals and universities include recent and upcoming engagements at the 2010 Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival, the 2009 College Music Society Great Plains Regional Conference, SUNY Fredonia, the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Sam Houston State University.  His seminar topics have included lectures on recent developments in American music, the influence of Greek philosophy on Olivier Messiaen’s piano music, and studies on the evolving role of the collaborative pianist in selected chamber repertoire.  Presently, he is Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Texas-Pan American. Perviously, he served as a member of the piano department at Missouri Western State University. 

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1980, Brendan began playing the piano at age 11 and made his concerto debut at 15.  His recent and upcoming appearances include solo, concerto, and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe. His first disc, chamber music of Narong Prangcharoen, will be available on Albany records in 2011.



Short Biography

Described as a “sensitive musician with an ear for color” by the Cincinnati Enquirer, “an astonishing, passionate and gifted pianist” by the Santa Barbara Daily Sound, and “marvelous” by the Kansas City Star, Brendan Kinsella has appeared widely throughout the United States and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. He earned his Bachelor (with honors) and Master of Music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a pupil of Frank Weinstock (with additional coaching from James Tocco) and in 2008 received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a student of Robert Weirich. In masterclasses, he has performed for artists such as Christopher Elton, Susan Graham, Martin Katz, Ani Kavafian, Frederic Rzewski, Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Serkin, David Shifrin, and the Takacs Quartet. Recently, he was a Solo Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West and worked under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal. In October 2010, he made his debut as a soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1980, Brenda began playing the piano at age 11 and made his concerto debut at 15 with the Kentucky Symphony. Since his debut, he has appeared as a soloist in concerti ranging from Beethoven to Barber with conductors such as Xian Zhang, J.R. Cassidy, and Gary Hill. His recent and upcoming performances include solo, concerto, and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe. He presently resides in McAllen, Texas with his wife, Shoko and serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Texas-Pan American.


Repertoire
Concerti

Bach

Concerto in d minor, BWV 1052


Barber

Concerto, op. 38


Beethoven

Concerto in C, op. 15

Concerto in B-flat, op. 19

Concerto in E-flat, op. 73

Choral Fantasy, op. 80
Brahms

Concerto in d minor, op. 15

Concerto in B-flat op. 83
Chopin

Concerto in f minor, op. 21

Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brilliante, op. 22
Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue


Haydn

Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII:11


Liszt

Concerto in A major

Totentanz
Messiaen

Oiseaux exotiques


Mozart

Concerto in F major, K. 413

Concerto in G major, K. 453

Concerto in d minor, K. 466

Concerto in c minor, K. 491
Ravel

Concerto in G

Concerto in D (for the Left Hand)
Saint-Saëns

Concerto in g minor, op. 22



Solo Works

Adams

China Gates


Bach

Aria Variata, BWV 989

Preludes and Fugues (selected)

French Suite in G, BWV 816

English Suite in d, BWV 811

Partita in B-flat, BWV 825


Beethoven

Sonata in C major, op. 2 #3

Sonata in E-flat major, op. 7

Sonata in c minor, op. 10 #1

Sonata in c minor, op. 13

Sonata in E major, op. 14 #2

Sonata in c# minor, op. 27 #2

Sonata in C major, op. 53

Sonata in E-flat major, op. 81a

Sonata in A-flat, op. 110


Bresnick

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise

The Dream of the Lost Traveler
Brahms

Ballades, op. 10

Klavierstücke, op. 76

Klavierstücke, op. 116

Drei Intermezzi, op, 117
Chopin

Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brilliante, op. 22

Ballade in g minor, op. 23

Ballade in A-flat major, op. 37

Etudes (selected)

Nocturnes (selected)

Waltzes (selected)
Corigliano

Etude Fantasy


Debussy

Suite Bergamasque

Estampes

Preludes (selected)


Franck

Prelude, Chorale, et Fugue


Godowsky

Studies on Chopin’s Etudes:

Op. 10 #1 (for the left hand)

Op. 10 #6 (for the left hand)

Op. 10 #12 (for the left hand)
Haydn

Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49

Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50

Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52


Kitzke

Sunflower Sutra (1999)


Liszt

Sonata in b minor

Vallee d’Obermann

Les jeux d’eau a la villa d’Este

Hungarian Rhapsodies #11, #13, #15

Grandes Etudes de Paganini

Après une Lecture du Dante

Overture to Tannhäuser (Wagner)

Isoldes Libestod (Wagner)

Petrarch Sonnets


Mozart

Sonata in A major, K. 330

Sonata in C major, K. 331

Sonata in F major, K. 332

Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333

Sonata in c minor, K. 457


Messiaen

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus


Muhly

A Hudson Cycle



Otte

The Book of Sounds


Prokofiev

Sonata in a minor, op. 28

Sonata in B-flat major, op. 84
Rzewski

De Profundis (1994)

North American Ballads (1978)
Scriabin

Sonata in g# minor (Sonata-Fantasy), op. 19


Stravinsky

Trois Mouvments de Pétrouchka


Carl Vine

Sonata #1 (1990)



Chamber Music (selected)

Bartok

Contrasts


Beethoven

Trio in B-flat major, op. 11

Piano Trio in D major, op. 71 #1
Brahms

Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101

Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 60

Trio in A minor, op. 114


Bresnick

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Crumb

Vox Balaenae
Dvorak

Piano Quintet, op. 83


Haydn

Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV:25


Messiaen

Quatuor pour la fin du temps


Mozart

Piano Quartet in E-flat major, KV 493



Poulenc

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano


Schoenfield

Cafe Music


Shostakovich

Piano Trio in E minor, op. 67


Smetana

Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15



Instrumental Works (selected)

Bach

Violin Sonatas (selected)


Barber

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6


Beethoven

Violin Sonatas (complete)

Cello Sonatas (complete)

Variations on “Bei männern”


Brahms

Violin Sonatas

Viola/Clarinet Sonatas

Cello Sonatas


Bridge

Sonata for Cello and Piano


Chopin

Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante, op. 3

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65
Chen Yi

Ancient Chinese Dances


Debussy

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano

En blanc et noir (for two pianos)


Franck

Sonata for Violin and Piano


Gershwin

Preludes for Violin and piano


Ginastera

Pampeana #2


Jolivet

Chant de Linos


Mozart

Violin Sonatas (selected)


Poulenc

Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 164

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, op. 184

Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 119

Sonata for Two Pianos
Prokofiev

Violin Sonatas

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 119
Rachmaninoff

Cello Sonata, op. 19


Ravel

Violin Sonata

Tzigane
Schnittke

Sonata for Violin and Piano #1

Sonata for Violin and Piano #2 (Sonata-Fantasy)

Suite in the Olden Style for Violin and Piano


Schubert

Sonata in A minor (“Arpeggione”)

Variations on Trockne Blumen
Shostakovich

Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 147


Strauss

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6

Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 18
Tansman

Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano

Suite for Bassoon and Piano
Weber

Grand Duo Concertant for Clarinet and Piano, op. 48




Artsong (selected)

Barber

Hermit Songs, selected songs


Beethoven

An die ferne geliebte, op. 98

Ah Perfido!, op. 65
Berg

Seven Early Songs


Brahms

Vier Ernste Gesänge, op. 121

Liebeslieder Waltzes, op. 52
Crumb

Three Early Songs

Apparition
Debussy

Ariettes Oubliés

Proses Lyriques
Duparc

Chansons (complete)


Messiaen

Poémes pour Mi

Chants du terre et de la ciel
Rachmaninoff

Romansy, op. 21


Ravel

Chansons Médacasses

Histoires Naturelles

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques

Scheherazade
Schoenberg

Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21


Schubert

Wintereisse, D. 911

Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795
Schwantener

Two Poems of Agueda Pizzaro


Strauss

Selected Lieder



Wolf

Selected Morike, Eichendorff, and Goethe Lieder



Operas

Donizetti

L’elisir d’amore
Elliot Carter

What Next?
Gilbert/Sullivan

The Mikado

Pirates of Penzance
Handel

Guilio Cesare
Mozart

Le Nozze di Figaro

Don Giovanni

Così fan tutte
Poulenc

Dialogues of the Carmelites
J. Strauss

Die Fledermaus
Verdi

La Traviata

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