Biography of Nicholas Zumbro
Pianist Nicholas Zumbro has performed internationally, appearing throughout Europe, and in China, Russia, Korea and the United States, to remarkable critical and public acclaim. In London, he recorded the Liszt Piano Concerto in E flat at EMI Studios as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, along with solo works; it became a best seller for MHS.
Earlier in his career Mr. Zumbro won rave reviews with his historic concert premieres of Ives's "Concord" Sonata in many European cities (including Amsterdam, Athens, Salzburg, Munich, Milan, Genoa, Trieste and Berlin). An initial performance was broadcast in Italy by RAI, Trieste. He recorded his current "Ives" CD in London, coupled with another celebrated American piano sonata, Samuel Barber's 1950 masterpiece, on a magnificent Boesendorfer Imperial Grand. Also a noted interpreter of Spanish works, he recorded Enrique Granados' Spanish cycle, the "Complete Goyescas" along with two Falla pieces, also in London, and then performed the two huge works together in concerts. Another CD, of Bach and Albeniz, is scheduled.
Zumbro has an enviable pedigree having been trained both at Juilliard and in Europe by many distinguished teachers including the celebrated Rosina Lhevinne, Julius Herford, Nadia Boulanger, Wolfgang Rose, Yvonne LeFebure, Adele Marcus, Johana Harris and Nicolas Slonimsky. He was honored with Juilliard Scholarships, French Government Grants, a Cite des Arts Studio in Paris, a Bach Society Fellowship, the Mid-South Competition Prize, a Debussy Prize, UA Travel Grants, and an important private grant. Born in Tennessee, Zumbro has won international acclaim with a wide and unusual repertoire, and "an elan which is apparently frightened of nothing" (Berliner Morgenpost). After hearing Zumbro live, the great German critic H. H. Stuckenschmidt stated, "Your performance of "Concord" is an historic achievement."
A noted artist-teacher, Nicholas Zumbro has taught at the Juilliard School, the Indiana University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Arizona, and did master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Iceland and the USA. His international students are performing and teaching widely. As executive, he directed the Festival of the Arts of this Century in Honolulu, co-directed the Pacific Piano Symposium with Maurice Hinson and was Associate Producer of the "Firing Line" TV show in New York. His catalogue of compositions includes Music for Euripides' Hippolytus, his opera "Kassandra", premiered in Greece in 1990, Children's Songs and other vocal works.