Nolan Pearson, winner of the 2012 Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, has been praised by the New York Times as a "high-energy pianist" who "brought beauty and cohesiveness" to his interpretations of new music. As soloist he has appeared with conductors including Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Stefan Asbury, Bridget Reischl and Robert Hasty and in recital in Europe and throughout North America. Based in Chicago, he appears on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music series and is an Instructor at Northwestern University.

This season Mr. Pearson has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Series, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fridays at the Rolston in Banff, the Center for Advanced Studies in Music in Istanbul and at the Hong Kong City Hall Theater. He is active as a chamber musician and has recently appeared with Lucy Shelton, Cho-Liang Lin, Chicago Pro Musica, the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic. As the original pianist of the New Fromm Players, who were called "fearlessly accomplished" by the Boston Globe, he worked closely with composers including Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen, Bright Sheng, and Joseph Schwantner. He performed at Elliott Carter's Centenary at Tanglewood in 2008, and has been dedicated to commissioning and premiering solo piano works from exciting young composers.

Mr. Pearson studied principally with Ursula Oppens, Robert Shannon and Jill Sprenger. Mr. Pearson has been winner of major grants including the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, the Henri Kohn Award, and the Lindsay Competition and also holds a degree in Biochemistry.

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