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Diane Walsh, pianist: Bio and CV

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.

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Associate Teaching Professor, Piano and Chamber Music Mannes College The New School for Music, 1982-2014.

            Taught solo piano and coached chamber groups.

            Led graduate piano seminars; topics have included "Sonatas and Variations from Bach to Brahms," "Piano Literature from Liszt to Adams," "Brahms Chamber Music with Piano" and "Felix and Fanny" (Music of Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.)

            Co-founded the Mannes Trio, Naumburg Prize winner and artists-in-residence 1983-1994.

            Gave over 65 solo and trio recitals in the Mannes Concert Hall

Guest Artist and Piano Faculty, Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro, NC, summer 2012

Artistic Director, Skaneateles Festival, 2000-2004

            Was responsible for designing and implementing a five-week season held annually in August and September. Reorganized hiring procedures, chose all repertoire and engaged performers for chamber music and chamber orchestra concerts. Arranged for new works to be premiered and invited composers to speak. Introduced master classes and free open rehearsals and planned theatrical and fundraising events. Performed in about half of the concerts, including a piano concerto, each year. Participated actively in children's concerts and outreach, and served as print, radio and television liaison. Edited and proofread program notes and 80-page program booklet each year. Procured sponsorship for and oversaw the production of Chamber Music By The Lake,  an annual CD of festival highlights, in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Affiliate Faculty, Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase, 1996-1999.

Visiting Associate Professor, Vassar College, 1992-1993.

Visiting Associate Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1991-1992; Adjunct Lecturer, 1984-1985.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1984-1985


Complete Schubert Piano Sonatas, Vol. I.  Sonata in D major, D. 845 and Sonata in A minor, D. 850.  Jonathan Digital Recordings, JDR-1008

Complete Schubert Piano Sonatas, Vol. II.  Sonata in A minor, D. 784 and Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960. Jonathan Digital Recordings, JDR-1009

33 Variations Beethoven 33 Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli, Op. 120 and Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78. Jonathan Digital Recordings, JDR-1006

Sonatas and Preludes Bartók, Prokofiev, Barber sonatas, Frank Martin Preludes. Bridge 9151

Bartók Sonatas with Eugene Drucker, violin. Biddulph Recordings LAW-019

Copland Two Ballads, with Eugene Drucker, violin, and El Salon México, arranged for piano by Arturo Toscanini. Bridge 9145

Ernö Dohnányi  Sextet, Op. 37 with members of the American Symphony. Bridge 9160

Duet  Enesco Sonata No. 3 and Janáček Sonata for violin and piano, with Ida Levin, violin. Stereophile Records STPH 012-2

Amy Beach and John Corigliano Sonatas for violin and piano, with Curtis Macomber, violin. Koch International Classics F-37223-2

Goddess of the Moon Griffes Piano Sonata, Griffes Kairn of Korwidwen, with the Perspectives Ensemble.  Newport Classics NPD 85634

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (film soundtrack), music by Leos Janáček. Fantasy Special Productions FSP 21006

Richard Danielpour Sonnets for Orpheus, with Ying Huang, soprano and the Perspectives Ensemble. Sony Classical SK 60850

Kurt Weill and Dohnányi Sonatas for cello and piano; with Jerry Grossman, cello. Nonesuch D-79016

Bartók Rhapsody, Janáček Fairy Tale, Prokofiev Sonata for cello and piano, with Jerry Grossman, cello. Nonesuch D-79051

Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy by Paul Moravec. With La Fenice quintet members and Randall Scarlata, baritone and Cecilia Brauer, glass armonica.  Naxos 8559698

Sondheim  Songs for voice and piano by Stephen Sondheim, with various artists. Book-of-the-Month Records 11-7517

J. S. Bach: Partita in No. 4, French Suite No. 5, English Suite No. 6. (CD Baby, 2015 release)


Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York

Merkin Concert Hall, New York

92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York

Metropolitan Museum, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, New York

Miller Theatre, New York

New York Society for Ethical Culture

National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Terrace Theater

Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Gardner Museum, Boston

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Wigmore Hall, London

Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam

American Academy, Rome

Mozarteum, Salzburg

Dvorak Hall and Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague

Philharmonia Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

Recital tours of the United States (appeared in 45 states), Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Central America, Germany, Austria, Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Russia.


Austin Symphony, Bartók Concerto No. 3, Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 503 (Bay)

American Symphony, Berg Kammerkonzert , with Erika Kiesewetter, violin (Botstein)

San Francisco Symphony, Chopin Concerto No. 1 (Ozawa)

Delaware Symphony, Strauss Burleske (Gunzenhauser)

North State Symphony (CA), Beethoven Concerto No. 4 (Pickett)

Skaneateles Festival Orchestra, Mozart Concerto in C minor, K. 591 (Zinman)

Syracuse Symphony, Strauss Burleske (Akiyama)

Berlin Radio Symphony, Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 467 (Schmöhe)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 467 (Macura)

Bavarian Radio Symphony of Munich, Mozart Concerto in G major, K. 453 (Inbal)

Tashkent Philharmonic, Chopin Concerto No. 1 (Kotsinsh)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Schumann Concerto in A minor (Zagrosek)

Indianapolis Symphony, Beethoven Concerto No. 4 (Nelson)

St. Louis Symphony, Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 (Hayman)


Member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, with Eugene Drucker, violin and Roberta Cooper, piano, since 2002.  Performances in Washington D.C., New York, New Orleans, Colorado, Vermont; two tours of Denmark.

Member of La Fenice, with Catherine Cho, violin, Maria Lambros, viola, Marcy Rosen, cello and Peggy Pearson, oboe, since 2001. Performances in Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Connecticut, Texas.

Former founding member of the Mannes Trio, 1983-1994, with Hiroko Yajima, violin and Melissa Meell, cello. Naumburg Award, 1986. National tours, two Alice Tully Hall recitals, appearances at the Library of Congress, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Maverick Concerts, Cleveland Chamber Music Series, Da Camera in Los Angeles.

Guest artist with Fine Arts, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Lydian string quartets, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Four Nations Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, Da Capo Chamber Players, and Orpheus. 

Collaborations with Hilary Hahn, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, Nick Eanet, Mark Kaplan, Ida Levin, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Jerry Grossman, Peter Wiley, Sharon Robinson, Fred Sherry, David Soyer, Nathaniel Rosen, Paul Neubauer, Michael Tree, David Shifrin, David Krakauer, Han de Vries, Allan Vogel, Michael Parloff, Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Sanford Sylvan, Lucy Shelton, Mary Nessinger, Robert White, William Sharp, Korliss Uecker, Bethany Beardslee, Christine Brandes, Amy Burton, Catherine Ciesinski, Faith Esham, Veronika Kincses, Jan Opalach, and others.


Gave 113 performances of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations, as the on-stage pianist and musical director of the Broadway production of 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda and written and directed by Tony Award laureate Moisés Kaufman, January-May 2009.

Performed in three other productions of 33 Variations: Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in September 2007; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA in April 2008; Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.

Creator of and performer in I Kiss Your Hands 1,000 Times, which integrates Mozart’s Gran Partita with readings of his letters.  Premiered at Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, June 2010.

Creator and performer in The Love Letters of Robert and Clara, an evening of staged readings of Robert and Clara Schumann's letters and diaries, set to music by both composers; directed by Robert Moss. Skaneateles Festival, August 2004.

Co-creator and performer of The Page Turner and The Clown Bagatelles, with Bill Irwin, set to music by Chopin and Beethoven. Skaneateles Festival, August 2000.

Marlboro Festival

Bard Festival

Santa Fe Festival

Strings Music Festival

Houston Da Camera

Eastern Music Festival

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Festival

An Appalachian Summer

Music Festival of the Hamptons

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century

Music from Salem

La Musica

Chestnut Hill Concerts
Marblehead Festival

OK Mozart Festival

Mainly Mozart

Saratoga Chamber Players


Rockport Festival

Caramoor Festival

Concordia Chamber Players

Spoleto Festival

Chopin Festival, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

Open Chamber Music, International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove, UK


Munich ARD International Competition, 1st prize

Salzburg Mozart International Competition, 2nd prize

Busoni International Competition, 3rd prize

Walter W. Naumburg International Award for Chamber Music

Young Concert Artists Award

Concert Artists Guild Award

William Kapell International Piano Competition, 2nd prize

Van Cliburn International Competition, 5th prize and Chamber Music Award

J.S. Bach International Competition, 2nd prize

National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award

John Anson Kittredge Foundation grant

Classical Internet Award, for Copland recording on Bridge Records

Performance Prize, upon graduation from Mannes

Otto Storm Prize, upon graduation from Juilliard


Barbara Kolb  Appello for piano

Nathan Currier  Etude-Chaconne for piano

Hugh Aitken  Rosa de Fuego for piano 

Paul Moravec  Useful Knowledge piano septet

William Bolcom  Orphée Serenade, premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with Orpheus

Betsy Jolas  Piano Trio

John Anthony Lennon  Piano Trio (Naumburg Foundation commission for the Mannes Trio)

Gerald Cohen  Yedid Nefesh clarinet trio

Susan Forrest Harding  Songs for soprano and piano

Meir Serrouya   Song cycle for soprano and piano


Juilliard School Collaborative Piano Department

University of Illinois at Urbana

Stanford University

University of Wisconsin at Madison

University of North Dakota

Valparaiso University

University of Arizona at Tempe

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

Montana State University

University of California at Riverside

University of Victoria, British Columbia

Skaneateles Festival, Skaneateles NY, annually 2000-2004


Iowa Piano Competition, Sioux City, IA

Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, New York, NY

Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, TX

The Academy (Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, Weill Music Institute), New York, NY

PianoArts Competition, Milwaukee, WI

William Kapell International Piano Competition, MD

Young Concert Artists International Auditions, New York, NY

Concert Artists Guild International Auditions, New York, NY

J. S. Bach International Piano Competition, Washington, D.C.

Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, MD


Music editor for 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman, published by Dramatists Play Service, 2011


Faculty Senate, New School University

Mannes College Executive Committee, served three terms

New School committee to nominate honorary doctorate candidates

Chamber Music America National Conference; panel on the classical recording industry

Music From Salem board of directors, two-year term


Mannes College of Music, M.M. Piano 1982. Richard Goode, major teacher

The Juilliard School, B.M. Piano 1971. Irwin Freundlich, major teacher