Sun 11/19 @ 2PM
Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt has gone a lot way since growing up in Pittsburgh and Normal, Illinois, to places you don’t often find black men with long dreadlocks. Adept at both piano and violin, he studied both as a child and as a student at the University of Illinois and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
At the age of 26, he became the first African-American to with the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1992, and since then he’s gone on to play with a long list of major orchestras and music festivals, and do solo performances around the world. Since 2004, he’s been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
He’ll be heading up I-71 to perform at concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium as part of Tri-C JazzFest’s Classical Piano series. It’s free.