Shaun Tirrell, pianist
Sandhills Community College, Owens Auditorium
September 23, 2017 7:30pm Free Admission
Shaun Tirrell continues to garner praise from music critics and audiences worldwide. At his solo debut in Bayreuth, Germany, the critic from the Bayreuth newspaper called him a “Hurricane at the Piano”. “The pianist placed the standards very high, and played like a music machine coded in virtuosity”. For his solo concert at the Kennedy Center the Washington Post noted his Chopin for “having an impressive control of phrasing and dynamics and the kind of expressive freedom and emotional depth that lie in the heart of Chopin’s style”. “His Brahm’s was rock-solid, with a virtuoso technique and the five contrasted movements were as rich and varied as life itself”. The Irish Times speaking of his live radio concert with the Irish National Symphony said, “The American pianist thundered through the Liszt with great style and stunning virtuosity”.
Shaun Tirrell’s past performances include solo recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, Jordan Hall in Boston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the “Great Hall” in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Alte Aula in Heidelberg, Germany. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with several orchestras worldwide including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Heidelberg’s Collegium Musicum (Germany), The Irish National Symphony (Dublin Ireland), and the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia). His recital at the National Gallery of Art was filmed by the American Arts Network and his solo CD on the MRC label features the works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.
In recent seasons Mr. Tirrell appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras including Concert Artist’s of Baltimore, Washington Soloists, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and The Savannah Philharmonic. In Savannah, over a period of a few years, he performed George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, and Liszt’s Totentanz. Mr. Tirrell’s upcoming solo engagements include stops in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Charlestown SC, and West Palm Beach Florida, culminating with a recital at the 2018 Bayreuth Festival in Germany.
Shaun Tirrell earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory, studying under Joseph Schwartz and receiving the John Elvin Prize. Further studies under Julian Martin at Peabody Conservatory lead to a Masters of Music degree and acceptance into the prestigious Artist’s Diploma program. He shared first prize in the Pro Piano International Competition in New York.
Mr. Tirrell is also the founder and co-owner of Piano Craft, a company specializing in sales and restoration of high-end grand pianos. He is married to Jina Tirrell, herself a pianist and teacher and is the proud father of three children.
“Shaun Tirrell takes us on a fantastic journey into to mental constructs of Salk, Picasso, Einstein, Beethoven etc. all the while using great music and virtuoso playing to tap the creative forces of the universe. He builds unlikely, highly unique connections between music, imagination and creativity, leaving us all spellbound and energized. – Ambassador J. Douglas Holladay, Founder & CEO Path North
“A brilliant mind with a true gift for engaging people from all walks of life. A force of nature with a truly visionary narrative as to why classical music is needed in society today. He is infectious.”
-Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and conductor of
The Savannah Philharmonic and The Jackson Symphony Orchestra
“The pianist performed with deft finger work that mirrored the eloquence and power of his speech throughout the program” – Savannah Morning News
” His playing was amazing and he spoke with passion and conviction. Stunning!! The standing ovation was enormous” -Ray Steele Blog of Steele
” His playing rendered with sureness and conviction..the lyric passages full of expression and beautifully vocal….the propelling drive that characterized his playing was supported with a superior technique…” -Heidelberg Newspaper