Anthony de Mare
Anthony de Mare is one of the world’s foremost champions of contemporary music. Praised time and again by The New York Times, his versatility over the past three decades has inspired the creation of over 75 new works by some of today’s most distinguished artists allowing him to develop a growing fan base that extends far beyond the traditional contemporary music audience. Known for his entrepreneurial performance projects over the years, he continues to expand the boundaries of the repertoire, which includes the speaking-singing pianist genre that he pioneered over 25 years ago. The Chicago Sun Times says “de Mare’s passion and vision almost radiate from the stage ... he causes all involved –composers, performer and audience members --to think about how music is made and how we listen to it.”
As creator, performer and co-producer of Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, this landmark commissioning and concert project has definitively brought the work of Stephen Sondheim into the concert hall, through the extraordinary re-imaginings of composers from across the musical spectrum. In addition to the Project’s acclaimed national, U.K., Canadian, and Australian tours, his recording of the first 36 pieces in the compendium, released by ECM’s prestigious New Series label, was cited on numerous “Best Of” lists in 2015 and was included as a winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year. In addition, Mr. de Mare was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and on HBO’s documentary “Six by Sondheim”. The San Francisco Chronicle declared that “this irresistible new CD set — is a little short of breathtaking … many of the composers give de Mare plenty of opportunities for virtuoso showing off — which he grabs with gusto. The whole undertaking is a triumph.”
In honor of Sondheim’s 90th birthday in 2020, de Mare has extended the Project to include 13 new commissions under the title "Liaisons2020", bringing the total compendium to 50. Announced composers include Timo Andres, Jonathan Batiste, Jeff Beal, Mark Bennett, Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Stephen Hough, Meredith Monk, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Max Richter and Conrad Tao. A national tour will continue through 2021 with performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Ravinia, Williams College (Sondheim’s alma mater), Maverick Concerts, University of Iowa, Southern Oregon University, among others. Another U.K. tour is also in the works.
The adaptability of his programming to traditional classical, jazz and theater spaces speaks to the range of de Mare’s versatility. His performances over the years span five continents and his discography of over twenty recordings includes works by Ives, Cowell, & Harrison, Cage and Meredith Monk, Astor Piazzolla, Frederic Rzewski and many others. Since his debut with Young Concert Artists, his accolades and awards have included First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Contemporary Piano Competition of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France). He gave his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall in 2005.
A Steinway Artist, he currently is Professor of Piano at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. He also serves as new music curator for the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC.
Mr. de Mare is a Steinway artist.