Bio

“A stirring demonstration of love and respect”

– Some Person

“Avery Gagliano is a distinctive young talent who has already graduated to the big league of professional pianists while still a student at music college.” – International Piano magazine

"Her ability to inhabit every room in the immense imagination of Frédéric Chopin came as a revelation." – New York Classical Review

"She walked a fine line between the type of brilliant keyboard display often beloved by competition juries and personal interpretations that proved consistently invigorating and expressive." – South Florida Classical Review

Having just made her Carnegie Hall debut and released her debut album “Reflections” on the Steinway & Sons label, 20-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression.  Avery gained international attention as the First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, and was the only American semifinalist at the 18th International Chopin Competition in 2021. Most recently, she was selected as one of this year’s two Bravo!Vail Piano Fellows.

Avery’s success has taken her to world-renown stages such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Verbier Festival, Gilmore Festival, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, WQXR Greene Space, WRTI Performance Studio, the GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Salle Cortot in Paris.

This spring, Avery will perform with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony in C. She has collaborated with several other symphonies in the United States, including the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, and most recently, the Oregon Mozart Players. Avery is also an avid chamber musician. She frequently performs as a guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and will collaborate with the Balourdet Quartet this summer at the Bravo!Vail Music Festival.

Avery received the Audience Prize at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, MostArts Festival Piano Competition, and 2019 National YoungArts Competition.  She is an alumna of the Verbier Festival & Academy and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s Young Scholars Program, a four-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship, and has made several appearances on Philadelphia’s WRTI classical radio and National Public Radio’s (NPR) From The Top. 

Avery is originally from Washington, D.C., where she studied with Marina Alekseyeva.  Avery currently resides in Philadelphia and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Robert McDonald.  She has also studied with Gary Graffman and Jonathan Biss while at Curtis.