Department of Music

Gary Kirkpatrick


Office: Shea Auditorium, Room 111
Phone: (973) 720-2592
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Department: Music
Position: Professor

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Hailed as "a great teacher as well as a great performer" in Shanghai, PRC, internationally acclaimed pianist Gary Kirkpatrick is recognized throughout the world as one of America's foremost soloists, chamber musicians, and teachers. Originally from Kansas, he gave his first solo recital at age eleven and graduated with high honors from the Eastman School of Music and the Academy of Music in Vienna. After claiming top prizes at the Stepanov Piano Competition in Vienna and the International Piano Competition in Jaen, Spain, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. The New York Times praised his "high caliber performance and musicianship" as having "covered a wide gamut of moods with varied pacings within a unified architectural concept." Frequent New York engagements followed, most notably at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, where he was hailed by Musical America as a pianist with a "bright colorful tone, forthright, honest musicianship, and above all, a welcome acuity of timing."

Mr. Kirkpatrick's numerous concert tours and television and radio broadcasts have taken him to over forty countries (encircling the globe more than five times) and placed him at the vanguard of today's musical scene. A strong proponent of 20th century music, he has explored new horizons in compositions created especially for him during his tenure as pianist with the renowned Verdehr Trio. The trio has commissioned more than 100 new works and recorded ten albums on the Crystal, Cor?lia, Leonardo and Amadeo labels.

Gary Kirkpatrick has been invited as guest artist and teacher to many of the world's leading conservatories including those in Shanghai, China; Bombay, and Calcutta India; Brisbane, Australia and Cairo, Egypt. He was on the faculties of the University of Kansas and the Interlochen Center for the Arts before coming to the William Paterson College of New Jersey where he recently received the Dean's Award of Honor for Exemplary Artistic Achievement.

Last season Mr. Kirkpatrick performed in Estonia, Austria, Greece (Athens and Corfu), Cyprus, Japan and the US, the Frick Collection in New York City and at the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. His performance of Howard Hanson's Fantasy on a Theme of Youth received a rave review in Classical New Jersey. In celebration of the Gershwin centennial Mr. Kirkpatrick gave three performances of Rhapsody in Blue with the Century Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, performed the Preludes on the WPUNJ Gershwin Festival, and the Concerto in F with the Ridgewood, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.