Seventeen-year-old pianist Gavin George began formal instruction at age three-and-a-half and made his concerto debut at age seven performing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, George performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall and was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg. He became the youngest musician to perform on the Emmy-award winning show From the Top, broadcast on NPR, and was awarded first prize in the SAA's International Piano Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3. With sponsorship from PNC Bank, “Gavin George: Live on Your Screen” streamed his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Chosen by the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra to be featured in their 79th Anniversary Concert, George performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in Severance Hall, Cleveland. He was selected as one of the PRODIGIES series documentary profiles appearing on the YouTube THNKRTV channel, has been a performer on both the CBS Early Show and The Queen Latifah Show, and was featured in the online National Geographic magazine article, “Exploring Characteristics of Prodigies”. Most recently, Gavin performed excerpts of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
George has given recital and concerto performances both nationally and internationally from a young age. Among his orchestral performances are Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 (Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra), Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor (Springfield Symphony Orchestra), Ravel Concerto in G Major (Lexington Symphony Orchestra), Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 (ProMusica Chamber Orchestra & Dayton Philharmonic), Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 (Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra), Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 (Westerville Symphony Orchestra), Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Firelands Symphony Orchestra), and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 5 (Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra). His recital venues include Constitution Hall (Washington D.C.); Ocean Reef Club Performance Center (Key Largo, FL); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego, CA); Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center (Rockport, MA); Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH); Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN); Tassel Performing Arts Center (Nebraska); Gartner Auditorium (Cleveland, OH); Vianden Castle (Luxembourg); and Sorrento, Italy.
George studies piano with Dr. Sun Min Kim and is a previous student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, John Perry, and Boris Slutsky, among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Gavin is a voracious learner and National Merit Finalist.
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