Jeffrey Chappell first gained national attention at the age of 24 by substituting for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice without rehearsal, performing the Brahms Second Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony to critical acclaim. Now a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, he has performed in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and throughout the United States in recital and with major symphony orchestras. He is a recording artist on multiple prestigious labels.
Wherever Mr. Chappell goes, he garners standing ovations from audiences and glowing praise from the press such as, “Some rise above their colleagues in how well and originally they communicate. One of the latter is Jeffrey Chappell.–New York Times” and “His technique is mastered to the point that one forgets it. The heart rules the fingers.–Le Soir, Brussels”.
Mr. Chappell is also an award-winning composer. His recent works integrate techniques of classical composition with elements of American popular music. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition, and “Shadowdance” for piano and wind ensemble was commissioned by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, while he was their composer-in-residence, with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation.
Mr. Chappell was a scholarship student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory and of Rudolf Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute. His early studies were in St. Louis, Missouri as the protégé of Jane Allen. Mr. Chappell is Professor Emeritus at Goucher College and is on the Levine Music faculty in Washington, D.C. Visit jeffreychappell.com.