Hudson River Pianofest Home
Barry Snyder, pianist
Barry Snyder
Barry Snyder, internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher entered onto the international stage as a result of his winning three major prizes at the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (silver medal, Pan American Union Award and Chamber Music Prize).Since then, Snyder has recorded over forty CD�s and given concerts and master classes around the world spanning over four decades.

Solo recitals, collaborative recitals and masterclasses have taken him to venues in such cities as Moscow, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Bangkok, London, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle and Vancouver. Snyder has performed diverse concerti with orchestras of Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Warsaw and Singapore collaborating with such conductors as Robert Shaw, Leopold Stokowski, David Zinman, Charles Dutroit, Sixten Ehrling and Arthur Fiedler.
As a chamber musician Snyder has worked with Hermann Prey, Jan deGaetani, Zvi Zeitlin(recorded the complete works of Stravinsky for violin and piano), Ani Kavafian, Asako Urushihara (recorded the complete Schumann and Brahms works for violin and piano), Sylvia Rosenberg, Bonita Boyd and Steven Doane (recorded the complete works of Gabriel Faure for cello and piano; winner of Diapason d�Or award). Collaboration also with string quartets include the Curtis, Cleveland and Chilingarian Quartets. Snyder was a founding member of the Eastman Trio performing with them for many years.

Barry Snyder�s commitment to performing 20th and 21st century music has resulted in a number of premieres of works specifically written for him: Verne Reynolds� Florilegium,Vols.I,II and III, Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Winds; Carter Pann�s Improvisations on the Name Barry Snyder, Fantasy Inventions; Sydney Hodkinson�s Concerto�A Shifting Trek (the concerto was written for Snyder ) and first performances by Augusta Reed Thomas, John La Montaine and Toshio Hosakawa.

Snyder has been Professor of Piano at the University of Rochester�s Eastman School of Music since 1970. In demand as a teacher, Snyder has given master classes in such schools as the Royal Northern College of Music(Manchester,U.K.),Trinity College, the Guidhall and Royal Academy(London), the Academy of Music(Krakow,Poland),Normal University(Taipei,Taiwan), Hochschule fur Musik(Freiburg,Germany), Beethoven Conservatory(Buenos Aires), Conservatorium and University of Australia(Perth), the Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Houston. Barry Snyder is listed in the publication The Most Wanted Piano Teachers.

Recent engagement highlights have included performances and master classes at the Heifetz International Summer Institute, Wolfeburo, New Hampshire and the Scotland International Piano Institute (Glasgow), a tour of Korea for the third time, and judged and performed at the first Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Future engagements include a performance of the Hodkinson Concerto at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, recital with Sylvia Rosenberg, violinist at Weill Hall in New York City and performances and masterclasses in Bedford, U.K., Taiwan and Beijing and Shanghai China.

Barry Snyder studied with renowned teachers Wilbur Hollman,Vladimir Sokoloff and Cecile Genhart as well as John Celentano and Brooks Smith for chamber music.

Copyright © 2009 - 2015 Hudson River Pianofest, MIS of North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.