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Brian Connelly


Brian Connelly

Pianist Brian Connelly’s performances span an exceptionally broad range of historical and modern repertoires. Born in Detroit, he studied with famed Bartók protégé Gyorgy Sandor and with American virtuoso Theodore Lettvin.

Brian directs the ensemble Context. Now in its 25th season, Context is devoted to performing a wide range of chamber music on historical instruments appropriate for each era.

He has collaborated with many of today’s most respected instrumentalists and singers, and has premiered works by a host of contemporary composers such as William Albright, Karim Al-Zand, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Curtis Curtis-Smith, Gabriella Lena Frank, Pierre Jalbert, and many others.

Also praised as a performer of historical instruments, he appears in the United States and Europe on 18th- and 19th-century pianos, and has partnered with many of Europe’s finest early-music players. Brian teaches solo piano performance and chamber music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.