Charlie Albright in Concert

   Campus News | Posted on September 6, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 p.m., Charlie Albright will perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University.

Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Albright also won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-year BA/MM Joint Program, completing a bachelor’s degree as a pre-med and economics major at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in piano performance at NEC in 2012 with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is an official Steinway Artist.

Albright’s debut commercial recording, “Vivace,” has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the first of a three-part “Schubert Series” of live, all-Schubert recordings was released in 2017.

During his performance, Albright will be playing works by Schubert, Kapustin and Chopin. He will also be doing his famous improvisation, which is what sets him apart from other pianists. With merely four notes requested from the audience, Albright will compose a glorious piece of music that you have never heard and will never hear again. It will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Admission to this event requires tickets, which can be purchased at Ticket prices vary depending on the seat selection, and for Andrews students there is a limit to two tickets per student ID. For additional information, contact the Howard box office at 269-471-3560. For a full season schedule of events at the Howard Performing Arts Center, visit