An esteemed artist of distinction, the American pianist DIANE WALSH is regularly heard on disc and in recital, chamber music and concerto performances throughout the world. In addition to possessing a vast and varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bolcom, her recent work on the theatre stage has brought wider recognition of her superlative musical gifts.
Diane Walsh has been guest soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Austin, Delaware, Indianapolis, Portland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Syracuse, and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, she appeared with the radio symphony orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as orchestras in Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Russia. Among the noted conductors with whom she has collaborated are Kazuyoshi Akiyama, David Amado, Guillermo Figueroa, Peter Bay, Leon Botstein, Michael Butterman, Grant Cooper, John Giordano, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, Keith Lockhart, John Nelson, Roger Nierenberg, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Ranson Wilson and David Zinman. In recital, Ms. Walsh has been presented in many of the country’s most distinguished venues, among them New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Miller Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, while international sites include Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Dvorák Hall (Prague) and the Mozarteum (Salzburg).
Diane Walsh joined the cast of 33 Variations, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman, in its 2007 debut production at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. The work is focused on Beethoven’s last years and his composition of the Diabelli Variations, which Ms. Walsh performed on stage throughout the play. After a subsequent run at the La Jolla Playhouse, 33 Variations opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, starring Jane Fonda and with Ms. Walsh as the pianist. From February through May 2009, she appeared in 113 performances. Ms. Walsh returned to 33 Variations, again starring Ms. Fonda, for a five-week run at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in February, 2011.
An active recording artist, Diane Walsh has released 18 discs of diverse repertoire for Biddulph, Composers Recordings, Inc., KOCH International, Newport Classic, Nonesuch, Sony and Stereophile. Jonathan Digital Recordings has issued Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and, two volumes of the complete Schubert Piano Sonatas. In the spring of 2015, she released an album of Bach suites on a private label, available from CDBaby.com, while digital downloads are available from Amazon and iTunes.
Diane Walsh is constantly in demand as a chamber musician, frequently performing at the music festivals of Bard, Cape Cod, Chesapeake, Marlboro, Portland, Santa Fe, Strings Music Festival and the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall. She has collaborated with the Brentano, Fine Arts, Jupiter, Lydian and Mendelssohn string quartets, and is a member of both the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio and La Fenice (comprised of piano, string trio and oboe). From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Walsh served as Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York, a tenure during which she presented world-renowned performers and designed and performed in innovative programs that included An Evening with Bill Irwin and The Love Letters of Robert and Clara, set to music by the Schumanns.
Among her many honors and awards, Diane Walsh includes the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was winner of top prizes in the Munich ARD and Salzburg Mozart competitions, as well as Maryland’s William Kapell International Competition and Italy’s Busoni International Competition. A prizewinner in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she also won that competition’s chamber music award.
Diane Walsh was associate professor at New York City’s Mannes College of Music for 32 years and, in the Fall of 2015, served as Visiting Artist at Colby College in Maine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak. Ms. Walsh is a Steinway Artist.