Finalist: Alexis Zingale
Alexis Zingale began her piano studies at the age of four and presented her first solo recital program at age nine. Ms. Zingale has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and collaborator, and is now one of the most actively sought-after collaborators in New England. Her collaborative repertoire includes over 300 sonatas, concert pieces, art songs, arias and orchestral transcriptions. Ms. Zingale studied with Leena Kareoja-Crothers and Edward Auer, and has had significant coaching with Vladimir Feltsman. Her collaborative studies have been with George Taylor, Wendy Sharp, Dan Stepner, Oleh Krysa, Jean Barr, and Jody Rowitsch. She has performed in master classes with such artists as Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank and John Perry, and in collaborative master classes with such artists as Graham Johnson, Melvin Chen, and the Lydian String Quartet.
Her recent performance experiences vary from accompanying entrants to the Naumberg International and Young Concert Artists International competitions, to solo and collaborative performance on the University of Maryland New Music Maryland series, and numerous performances on Neighborhood Music School's Bach's Lunch and Faculty Fridays series. Notable venues for her performances include the Miller Theatre in New York City, Ed Landreth Hall at Texas Christian University, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, and Sprague Hall, Woolsey Hall and Battell Chapel in New Haven.
Ms. Zingale has performed as soloist and collaborator with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and with the Brevard Music Center faculty chamber ensemble. Ms. Zingale has given international and local premieres of new works by young composers, including premiere of Fanfare for the Uncommon Man by John Orfe. She performed on harpsichord with acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and reed organ with the New Haven Oratorio Chorus. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio.
Her Suzuki piano teacher training through Book 7 was with Katherine Monsour Barley, Mary Craig Powell, Doris Harrell, Sue Vasquez and Leena Kareoja-Crothers. She is currently a piano faculty member and staff accompanist at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT.