Associate Professor of Music
Anthony Padilla is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality and poetry” (Chicago Tribune). Recognized internationally as pianist of remarkable sensitivity, refined interpretation and dazzling technique, he joined the Concert Artists Guild’s distinguished roster of soloists in 2000 as the top prizewinner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A native of Richland, Washington, he first performed as soloist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony at age nine, made his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and has since become a popular guest artist with orchestras and at concert series and music festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Highlights include solo and collaborative appearances at the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, Holzhausen, Victoria, Sarasota, Cascade, Bay View and San Luis Obispo Festivals. After his New York debut recital, the New York Concert Review called him “a strong-willed, steel-fingered tornado; he plays the piano with absolute authority and gives new meaning to the idea of ‘interpretation’ to the extent that the U.S. Patent Office might well grant him a number. Nobody could copy him.”
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Padilla studied with Nelita True, Jeffrey Kahane, Natalya Antonova, Béla Síki, Leonard Richter, Donald Walker and Jorge Bolet. Awarded the prestigious Beethoven Fellowship by the American Pianists Association in 1991, Mr. Padilla is also a laureate of the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Walter Naumburg International Piano Competitions. In addition, he has received major prizes from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Society of American Musicians, the Music Teachers National Association, the Koszciuszko Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association and the Theodore Presser Foundation. He is a founding member of the Arcos Piano Trio, which was recently awarded an Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to commission and record chamber works by Latin American composers.
A nationally certified member of the Music Teachers National Association, he is a popular adjudicator and presenter at state, regional and national levels, and his students regularly earn top prizes at MTNA, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, Neale-Silva, Seattle International and several other competitions. His lecture-recital on “The Classical Sense of Humor” stirred much interest at the MTNA National Convention in Los Angeles. His recordings on Centaur, CRI and White Pine include the premiere recording of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Statements--Second Sonata for Piano, and chamber works by American women and Latin American composers with the Arcos Trio.
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