David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; recent recital appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, and the National Gallery. An avid concerto soloist who often conducts from the keyboard, he recently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Johnstown Symphony and James Blachly, and the De Falla Harpsichord Concerto at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA.
David’s innovative concert programming has been praised for “striking imagination and creativity.” New Dances of the League of David, a piano-suite that interweaves Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze with commissions by over a dozen composers (Augusta Read Thomas, Gabriel Kahane, and Andrew Norman, to name a few), was selected as one of the “Best Classical Music Performances of 2015,” by The New York Times. David’s many collaborators include the Enso and Ariel String Quartets, the violinists Rachel Lee Priday and Francesca dePasquale, the Omega Ensemble, the cellist Joshua Roman, and the composer/performers Caroline Shaw and Timo Andres. David is a core member of Decoda--the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and performs widely with the New York Chamber Soloist.
The recipient of a DMA from Yale University, Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, and Walter Ponce. He studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the UdK Berlin, under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.