Pianist Brian Connellyâ€™s performances span an exceptionally broad range of historical and modern repertoires. Born in Detroit, he studied with famed BartÃ³k protÃ©gÃ© 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 todayâ€™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 Europeâ€™s finest early-music players. Brian teaches solo piano performance and chamber music at Rice Universityâ€™s Shepherd School of Music.