Anthony Molinaro, M.M.
Title/s: Associate Professor of Music
Office #: Mundelein 913
Mr. Anthony Molinaro is already hailed as "one of the hottest young pianists in the world." His stunning performances and unique versatility have captivated audiences and critics alike since his victory at the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City. Acclaimed for his "edge-of-the-seat brilliance" and "musically imaginative mind," Mr. Molinaro's performances have taken him to major music centers in various cities throughout the country, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami,Philadelphia, and New York.
Mr. Molinaro has been featured on Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, the Young Artist Series at the Kravis Center, the Santa Fe Jazz Festival, the Charles Vanda Master Series in Las Vegas, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Eastern Music Festival, among many others. Recent concerto engagements include the Arkansas,Boise, Lake Forest, Louisville, Napa Valley, Naples, Richmond, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the Canton, Cape Cod, Eugene, Flint, Savannah, and Catskill Symphonies as well as with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Outside the U.S., Anthony has recently played in France,Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.
Mr. Molinaro, in addition to his traditional concert repertoire, is also a gifted composer and jazz artist, giving him a musical dimension uncommon to artists of his generation. He often plays his own cadenzas in Mozart and Beethoven concerti, and his "free-wheeling" and "unconventional" rendition of Rhapsody in Blue features improvised cadenzas. In November 2004 he premiered his first Piano Concerto with the Catskill Symphony and later that year returned to The Chicago Jazz Orchestra to debut his big band arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue. Highlights of the 2008-2009 season include an all Gershwin program with the Utica Symphony and a pair of performances with The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra playing Prokofiev’s Third Concerto. He has presented various recitals throughout the U.S. and recently returned to Europe for a solo tour including stops in Vienna,Rome, and Zurich. His continued collaboration with the harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy (The Molinaro-Levy Project – featured in the February 2004 issue of Downbeat Magazine) will also include concerts both in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Molinaro records exclusively for Nineteen-Eight Records, a label he founded in 2001 to support creative music of all genres.
Mr. Molinaro's debut CD, "The Bach Sessions" features The Goldberg Variations and the F Minor and A Major Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. His follow-up recording, “New Blue,” is a Gershwin collection featuring his own solo version of Rhapsody in Blue. Entitled "New Blue," the disc also includes Three Preludes and Anthony's arrangements and improvisations on the Gershwin classics Summertime, Someone To Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and I Got Rhythm. His most recent recording, “The Molinaro-Levy Project, LIVE” is a collection of performances from The Green Mill in Chicago and a pair of venues in upstate NY.
Mr. Molinaro currently lives in his native Chicago. He studied at the University of North Texas and Northwestern University and has won several awards including the Naumburg Prize, and most notably the William C. Byrd International Piano Competition and the 1995 National Piano Fellowship from the American Pianist Association. When not concertizing, Anthony devotes considerable time to music education, and for three summers he has coordinated a music program for physically challenged children in South Hampton, New York. He is also an avid runner and triathlete.
M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., University of North Texas