March 21, 2013
Solo piano; music from Palacios, Johansen, Gershwin, Joplin, and Beiderbecke.
SOLON PIERCE was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, where he worked with Robert McDonald. He also holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Abbey Simon. Further studies have been with Howard Karp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Grant Johannesen and Diane Walsh at the Mannes College of Music. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with Alexander Braginsky. Dr. Pierce has performed frequently in his native Wisconsin, including appearances with the Festival City Symphony of Milwaukee and the Madison Symphony, in television (on the nationally-syndicated Music da Camera), and on radio broadcasts for Wisconsin Public Radio, Radio Denmark in Copenhagen, Iowa Public Radio, and the WFMT network, Chicago.
Dr. Pierce has performed extensively as a solo/collaborative artist and given master classes in the United States, Canada, and Europe, with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, the British Music Information Centre in London, Magdalen College and Maison Française at Oxford University, the Fondation Danoise in Paris, the Vendsyssel Festival and Skagens Museum in Jutland (Denmark), and Estate Whim in St. Croix, USVI, with other appearances including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Odense, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Vienna, New Orleans, Tampa, Honolulu, St. Louis, Seattle, Louisville, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, San Diego, and Toronto. An ardent advocate of neglected and new music, his performances have included premieres of works of Kaikhosru Sorabji, John Cage, Gunnar Johansen, Curt Wrangö, and Nicholas Brown. In the fall of 1999, Dr. Pierce was awarded an alumnus grant from Oberlin College to conduct research and record Gunnar Johansen’s Sonata No. 23 Trilogie der Leidenschaft for Radio Denmark in Copenhagen, and he presented an article entitled “Glenn Gould and Gunnar Johansen: A Tale of Two Magi” at the 1999 Glenn Gould Gathering in Toronto.