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Pianist and grammy nominee John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe, and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist.  Venues include Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Hall, 92nd Street Y, Hollywood Bowl, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Royce Hall, Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysees, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, and most of the major concert halls of Japan.  In addition he has appeared at Lucerne Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center), Wolf Trap, SummerFest La Jolla, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger (Norway) International Chamber Music Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), and Ravinia.  Novacek took top prizes at the Lesschetizky, Etude Music Club, Carmel Music Society, Mannes Concerto, and Joanna Hodges International Piano Competitions.  He has played on radio broadcasts worldwide, often heard on syndicated programs such as NPR’s Performance Today, First Hearing, St. Paul Sunday, and CBC’s Westcoast Performance, and he’s been a featured performer on many television shows including the Tonight Show and Entertainment Tonight.


A much sought-after collaborative artist, Novacek has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Pahud, Truls Mork, Julius Baker, and Leila Josefowicz.  He has given numerous world premieres and worked closely with composers John Adams, George Rochberg, John Williams, John Harbison, Sebastian Currier, and John Zorn.  He studied piano with Peter Serkin, Bruce Sutherland, and Jakob Gimpel, chamber music with Jamie Laredo and Felix Galimir, also occasionally coaching with Gary Graffman and Isaac Stern.


Novacek’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Pacific Symphony, Concertante, Millennium, The Harrington String Quartet, and the Three Tenors.  He records for Philips, Nonesuch, Arabesque, Warner Classics, Koch International, Universal Classics, Ambassador, Pony Canyon, Four Winds, Arkay, Virtuoso, and EMI Classics; CD titles include Road Movies (2004 Grammy nomination: “Best Chamber Music Performance”), Great Mozart Piano Works, Spanish Rhapsody, Novarags (original ragtime compositions), Classic Romance, Hungarian Sketches, Intersection, Romances et Meditations, and with Ms. Josefowicz,  Americana, For the End of Time, and Recital (BBC Music Magazine: five star rating).