Photo of Anthony Michael Cornet, Piano soloist
Anthony Michael Cornet, a doctoral student at Shenandoah Conservatory, is the featured piano soloist for The Americans on November 7, 2015. He is playing George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
Pianist Anthony Michael Cornet is establishing a reputation as an emerging artist with a penchant for expressive playing and tour-de-force virtuosity. Anthony is a prize winner in many nationally and internationally recognized piano competitions. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a First Prize Winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. He has returned to New York City to perform at the Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.
A recent international concert tour throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, and Russia has taken Anthony to many of the world's most prestigious concert venues in cities such as Dresden, Eisenach, Frankfurt, Innsbruck, Kostroma, Leipzig, Milan, Moscow, Venice, Verona, Weimar, and Zwickau. Specific highlights of the tour include solo debuts at the Altenburg Liszt House, the Robert Schumann Museum, the San Fermo Maggiore, and Moscow Conservatory. His performance with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia's Philharmonic Hall was particularly well received.
As the 2013 recipient of the American Prize in Piano Performance, Anthony was nationally recognized for his particular talents performing as soloist with orchestra. His concert repertoire extends from the Classical Period through to the most recent, electronic compositions. Recently, he has been heard as soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As a solo artist, Anthony has been dedicated to merging his artistic ambitions with the humanitarian effort. In recent years, he has been able to raise thousands of dollars for many reputable charities through the medium of his own concert series, "A Special Evening with Pianist Anthony Michael Cornet." Recent organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Miracle League, and the Shropshire Music Foundation. The series has received high acclaim and has established Anthony as a dynamic and engaging recitalist.
Anthony is a graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. He received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance while studying with pedagogue Harvey Wedeen on a full-tuition scholarship. Anthony received his Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music in Pittsburgh. Attending on a full-tuition assistantship, he studied with renowned pianist, David Allen Wehr. Other principle mentors include Steven Herbert Smith, Arthur Goldstein, and his father, Richard Cornet. He is also an alum of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts: an intensive, full-scholarship program for budding artists and musicians.
Anthony is currently working towards a Doctorate (DMA) in music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Anthony was attracted to Shenandoah to study with pianist John O'Conor, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists performing today. In addition to music, Anthony enjoys casual reading and writing. Subjects of particular interest include philosophy, theology, and science.