Piano Prodigy to Guest in Springfield Symphony Season Debut

While George enjoys performing a solo repertoire as it allows him more control, he also likes the added dimension of working with 80 or more musicians in an orchestra working toward a unified goal and sharing their passion for music with the audience, George said.

An Ohio native, George has played Carnegie Hall twice and in Europe, but location is inconsequential.

“The pre-show excitement and nerves are there no matter where I perform, and once the performance begins my goal is just to be able to relax, become the music and bring it to life for the audience,” he said...

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Brett Turner, Springfield News-Sun
Free Concert Features 13-Year-Old Pianist

Tonight’s concert is George’s first with the Columbus Symphony, with which he has a long history — despite his young age.

“I’ve been a fan of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since I was 4, when I first heard them perform live,” George said.

The pianist is no stranger to Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” either; he has performed the piece on four previous previous occasions.

“It grabs your attention right from the beginning,” George said. “It’s so full of energy..." 

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Peter Tonguette, The Columbus Dispatch
REVIEW: Gavin George at Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium

Granville, OH native Gavin George first appeared on the Tri-C Classical Piano Series in November of 2014 at the age of eleven. He returned to Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday afternoon, February 12, now thirteen, several inches taller, and even more mature and nuanced in his playing than before — and before was jaw-droppingly impressive...

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Daniel Hathaway,
REVIEW: Mainly Mozart Festival: Gavin George Performs Mozart Concerto No. 5

Gavin George was the 12-year-old soloist for the concerto. That’s five years younger than Mozart was when he wrote the piece.

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San Diego Reader
RADIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: Gavin George Beginning to Fill Rachmaninoff's...Hands

It is an immense pleasure to watch someone from our community in the early stages of their career. It is even more exciting to be around someone who is so excited about the music he plays, that he can't wait to share it with as many people, and other creatures, as possible.

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WOSU Radio
REVIEW: Tri-C Classical Piano Series: Gavin George at Cleveland Museum

There are probably other 11-year-old pianists who can wow an audience with technical fireworks, but it’s difficult to imagine another young performer who could come close to Gavin George in sheer musical maturity.

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Cleveland Classical
RADIO INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE: "The Sound of Applause" with Dee Perry
REVIEW: Cleveland Women’s Orchestra with Pianist Gavin George

On Sunday afternoon, April 27, a large crowd gathered at Severance Hall to hear a performance by the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra under the direction of the group’s music director and conductor Robert L. Cronquist. But I am sure that, like myself, most audience members were simply not prepared for the remarkable musical event that would take place during the concert’s final work, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1 in G minor, performed by ten-year-old Gavin Michael George. Indeed, musical genius was on display as we sat mesmerized by the young pianist’s stunning performance of Mendelssohn’s vibrant concerto.

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Cleveland Classical
ARTICLE: Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Pianist Gavin George

Gavin George joined Music Director Robert Cron­quist and the Lakeside Sym­phony Orchestra (LSO) as the featured piano soloist for an inspiring evening concert in Hoover Auditorium.

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FEATURE ARTICLE: Boy wonder: At age 9, pianist astonishes adults with prowess

The piano began to vibrate as Gavin George’s hands thundered across the keys during the furious runs of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Some precocious children might learn music quickly; others might work to master technique. But Gavin has all the skills necessary for greatness, his teachers say, plus an emotional understanding of music that can’t be taught.

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The Columbus Dispatch
REVIEW ARTICLE: Piano Concerto Featured Gavin George

His performance of the Third Beethoven Piano Concerto was simply stunning. It reminded me again of “old-masters”, with very subtle pedaling, a deep, warm tone, long singing phrases, and impeccable technique. At the risk of being thought of as sentimental I have to admit that I started crying somewhere around the development section and did not stop until the last chords. The joy on Gavin’s face when he was done, the tears that sprung to his eyes as he was taking numerous bows, all told about the unbridled joy of playing.

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American Suzuki Journal
ARTICLE: Piano Prodigy, 6, Plays Carnegie Hall

It's a thrill for any musician to play New York's Carnegie Hall. But how much more exciting -- and scary -- is it for a 6-year-old?

Sunday night, a very young pianist from Granville, Ohio, named Gavin George was given that chance. He wowed the audience with Mendelssohn's Venetian Gondola Song No. 2.

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