Pianist Christopher Guzman, assistant professor, regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. Recently, Guzman garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France.
Guzman’s career has brought him to such venues as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and others. He performs regularly with some of the world’s most exciting soloists including Ilya Gringolts, Tai Murray, Stefan Jackiw, and Joe Alessi, among others. He continually performs with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, he was a guest artist on the New York Philharmonic’s chamber music series “Philharmonic Ensembles.”
Guzman’s performances showcase a broad range of styles, from Baroque to the avant-garde. He continues to collaborate with many of the nation’s preeminent new music ensembles, performing world premieres by Donald Martino, Nico Muhly, and Paul Schoenfield, among others. The New York Times hailed his performance of Christopher Theofanidis’s Statues as “coiled” and “explosive.”
Born in Texas, Christopher Guzman began studying piano at age nine and violoncello two years later. He worked primarily with Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Anton Nel, and the late Patricia Zander.