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Name: John Bell Young
Skills: Soloist, Teacher, Writer
Links: Website     E-mail
Noted for his interpretations of the music of Alexander Scriabin, pianist John Bell Young has performed throughout Europe, America, Asia, Scandinavia and South America. He made his American recital debut at Washington's National Gallery of Art in 1976. The following year he performed on the concert series of Christchurch Spitalfields in London, the Koepelzaal in Amsterdam and, in 1983 at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. Mr. Young also performs frequently in Russia, where he has appeared on the concert series of the Scriabin Museum, the Glinka Cappella, the Sochi Philharmonic and the Riga Philharmonic (Latvia). He is the subject of the 1977 Dutch television documentary, John Bell Young, Sweet Summer Concert, filmed in concert in the historic Koepelzaal. In July 2001, he returned for the first time in 20 years to the People's Republic of China, where he perfomed to a sold out house at the Great Hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Winner of the 1985 Chopin Foundation Council Chopin Competition, Mr. Young was twice endorsed by Scriabin’s daughters Marina and Yelena. In 1992, he was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Trust for Mutual Understanding to lead the American delegation to the International Scriabin Conference and Festival in Moscow .

He has recorded for the Newport Classics, Sony Classical, and Americus labels and broke new ground with the 1991 release of his recordings of the musical compositions of the controversial 19th century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Feature articles about Mr. Young and the Nietzsche Music Project have been published in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Lingua Franca, Chaspik,Pravda, Piano Quarterly, the Hamburger Abendblatt, Bunte, Le Monde de la Musique, Musica Rivista Italiana, the St. Petersburg Times, and the U.S. News and World Report.

Mr. Young’s master classes have taken him to leading institutions throughout Russia and the USA, including the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories; the Moussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and the Glinka Choir Colleges of Music, and the Sochi College of Music. In America he has lectured and given master classes at the Juilliard School, the University of South Florida, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and Brown University. He has also conducted master classes at the Beijing Conservatory.

John Bell Young is also a music critic whose columns appear in the American Record Guide, Opera News, Clavier, Classical DisCDigest, Piano Life, The St. Petersburg Times and the on-line publications Tower of Babel and Music & Vision. He is a frequent adjudicator for international competitions, including the Kil (Sweden), the Young Prince (Russia); the Russian-American Music Association (Boston), the Boston Outstanding Amateur; the Greta Erikson European International (Sweden); and the Premio Jaen (Spain). In 1995 he served on the advisory board of the First International Scriabin Competition Moscow, where a special prize for the best performance of an early Scriabin sonata was established in his name. His most recent CD, Prisms, on the Americus label features music of Scriabin, Mahler, Michel Block, Leo Tolstoi, and Hugh Downs.



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