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Diane Walsh, pianist: Bio

After making her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, the American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in 44 of the 50 States and in 19 other countires. Highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium and Miller Theatre in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Dvorák Hall in Prague and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recent reviews have praised her "soulful outpouring," "intelligent virtuosity" and "exquisite care and loving touch."

Ms. Walsh has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Rochester, Delaware, Syracuse and American symphonies, and the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies. She has toured the United States with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, appeared at Carnegie Hall and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and soloed with orchestras in Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Erich Kunzel, Leon Botstein, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, John Giordano, John Nelson, and Peter Bay.

In 2009 she was the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman's play 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, during which she gave 113 performances of Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Ms. Walsh was the pianist in three other productions of the play and served as music editor of the play’s script, published by Dramatists Play Service.

Diane Walsh has been awarded many honors including the top prizes at the Munich ARD International Piano Competition, Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Concert Artists Guild International Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions; she is also a laureate of the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and William Kapell competitions. Summer chamber music festivals where she has performed include the Marlboro Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. She also was artistic director of the Skaneateles Festival for five years. She is a member of the quintet La Fenice and of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio. 

Ms. Walsh has released sixteen recordings of diverse repertoire on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos labels. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich, and from Mannes College, where she studied with Richard Goode. She is a Steinway Artist. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.