The award-winning Steinway Artist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in forty-six of the fifty states and in twenty-one other countries. Highlights include recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia in St. Petersburg, and the Rudolfinum in Prague.
Ms. Walsh has appeared as piano soloist with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Portland, Austin, Springfield, Rochester, New Bedford, Delaware, Syracuse and American symphonies. She has toured the United States with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and soloed with orchestras in Germany, Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Leon Botstein, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, John Giordano, Kevin Rhodes, John Nelson, and Peter Bay.
In 2009 she was the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman's play 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, during which she gave 113 performances of Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli.
Diane Walsh has been awarded many honors including the top prizes at the Salzburg Mozart, Concert Artists Guild, Young Concert Artists and Munich international competitions; she was also a prizewinner at the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and William Kapell international competitions.
Summer chamber music festivals where she has performed include the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bard, Chesapeake, Cape Cod, and Portland. She was also artistic director of the Skaneateles Festival for five years. She is a member of the quintet La Fenice and the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio.
Ms. Walsh has released eighteen recordings on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos labels. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich, and from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Richard Goode. She was an associate professor at Mannes College at New School University in New York for 32 years, and in 2015 she was a visiting artist at Colby College. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.
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