Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after young pianists today. The New York Times has called his playing "lustrous," "riveting," and "brilliant... prodigiously accomplished and exciting." Known for imaginative and daring programming, he plays a repertoire that spans from late-medieval keyboard manuscripts to today's up-and-coming younger generation of composers.
Recent appearances include Miller Theatre's 15th-anniversary "Piano Revolution" recital series, the Moscow Conservatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concerten Tot en Met (Amsterdam), Harvard University, CalArts, Caramoor, Casals Hall (Tokyo), and Carnegie's Zankel Hall. Recent solo programs have included performances of selections from the Codex Faenza (penned in the early 1400's), a New York recital of music inspired by the art of improvisation, and the U.S. premieres of solo pieces by Frederic Rzewski and Giacinto Scelsi. During the 2005-06 season, Mr. McMillen made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist under the baton of David Robertson.
A solo CD "Soundings"—featuring the works of Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, Copland, and Bolcom—was released to rave reviews. Recent recordings include Concert Music of Fred Hersch on Naxos, Multiplicities '38, a multi-composer recording of solo piano music on Centaur, and Music of Ralph Shapey with violinist Miranda Cuckson on Centaur. Mr. McMillen resides in New York City and serves on the piano faculty at Bard College.