ROBERT EDWARD THIES, PIANIST
pianist of “unerring,
warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power,” [Los Angeles Times]
Robert Edward Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship
and poetic temperament.
He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the
Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win
first prize in a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn’s
famed triumph in Moscow in 1958.
for his “thoughtful and intensely moving interpretations” Thies enjoys a
diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His concerto repertoire includes
over thirty-five works, spanning 200 years. He demonstrated exceptional
versatility when in one season alone he performed thirteen different concertos,
garnering consistent critical acclaim. He has appeared with such orchestras as
the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Liepāja
Symphony (Latvia), Mexico City Philharmonic,
the National Symphony of Mexico, Auckland Philharmonia
(New Zealand), Fort Worth Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic.
His concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Bolivia, Hungary, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Thies is a frequent recitalist in the United States and abroad, and he is known for his genuine interpretations
of intriguing and delicately balanced programs. He made his South American
debut in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2002, and followed this with a European tour.
Under the sponsorship of Community Concerts, he completed a forty-city tour of
in 2001. In May 1999, he was honored with a special invitation to perform in the Hermitage
Theater in St.
Petersburg, Russia, built for Empress Catherine the Great.
chamber musician, Thies continues to expand his already impressive repertoire
and collaborates with many esteemed musicians. While he has appeared with established
ensembles like the Blair String Quartet and the New Hollywood String Quartet, he
also co-founded the Trio de Medici and The Thies Consort. The Consort performs
a wide range of works of varying instrumentation and size, thus allowing for innovative
and unique programming with musical continuity based on a style, composer, or
Thies’s “grace and unsurpassed
lyricism” are in high demand at festivals
and special celebrations. In 2002, in conjunction with the Hollywood premiere of Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist, he performed Wladislaw Szpilman’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra with
the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. That same year Thies earned national
recognition for his collaboration with noted cultural historian and author,
Joseph Horowitz, in the Pacific Symphony’s Dvořák in America festival. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of
Arnold Schoenberg’s death, Thies was invited to Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes in 2001
to perform the composer’s seldom-heard Piano
Concerto with the National Symphony of Mexico. During the fall of 1997 Mr.
Thies worked alongside distinguished Polish composer Henryk
Górecki in the United States premiere of his Sonata
for Piano. Thies has performed at the music festivals of Ravinia, Aspen, Sedona, Breckenridge, Savannah Onstage, Cape May, and Music Academy of the West.
In Los Angeles, Thies has worked and recorded with many of the top
studio musicians, ranging from film composer Lalo
Schifrin and jazz artist David Benoit, to the Grammy-winning Angeles String Quartet.
Thies’s recordings include the Schubert “Trout” Quintet with members of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, Brahms and Beethoven sonatas with cellist Cécilia Tsan, and the Dohnányi Sextet with hornist
Richard Todd, clarinetist Gary Gray and members of the New Hollywood String
Quartet. He also recorded and performs often with Hungarian flutist Boglárka Kiss. And finally,
this year will mark the release of a live recording of Mr. Thies in recital.
teacher, Thies appears often as a lecturer, adjudicator, coach, and master
class teacher across the globe. In 2003, he accepted an invitation
to join the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz,
Austria, to work beside his former teacher, Harold Heiberg, an authority on German art song. There Mr. Thies has
been coaching singers and pianists for a Liederabend—the culminating event
of the six-week festival.
Born in New Jersey in 1971, Thies now resides
in Los Angeles. His teachers have included Robert Turner and
Daniel Pollack, both protégés of the legendary Russian pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne, and the great
pianist Josef Lhevinne. Mr. Thies is a Steinway artist.
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