Edward Aldwell

(b. January 30, 1938, Portland, OR – d. May 28, 2006, Valhalla, NY)

A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Edward Aldwell received his early musical training in Texas, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finally reaching his permanent musical home, New York City. There, he received both the Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from The Juilliard School, studying principally under the legendary and recently deceased Adele Marcus. Later, as a recipient of the Marie Dring Prize, Mr. Aldwell was afforded the opportunity to extensively study the keyboard works of J.S. Bach.

Subsequently, the pianist received an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant for analysis and performance of Bach's keyboard music, and was presented in his New York debut performing the complete Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier. Since then, he has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, many of them devoted to J.S. Bach, including performance of both books of The Well Tempered Clavier during Bach's tri-centennial season of 1984-85, and has made numerous appearances in prestigious music capitals throughout North America, exhibiting prowess in his lifelong area of expertise, championing the music of that composer, appearing in multi-recital series often spanning entire concert seasons.

Mr. Aldwell's New York recital appearances are passionately attended by numerous local pianists eager to hear and to see a truly gifted pianist, a uniquely stylistic performer who brings great intellectual and musical insight to each performance, and one who presents his musical offerings in a captivating visual manner.

Edward Aldwell is the widely respected co-author with Carl Schachter of the textbook Harmony and Voice Leading which is used extensively at conservatories of music throughout the world. For over two decades he has taught music theory and Schenkerian Analysis at both The Curtis Institute of Music and The Mannes College of Music where he is also a member of the piano faculty.

Deeply committed to teaching analysis which enhances performance, he has appeared throughout the world in master classes and lecture-recitals which have generally focused on the keyboard works of J. S. Bach.

Mr. Edward Aldwell received wide critical acclaim for his recording of Books I & II of J.S. Bach's The Well Tempered Clavler on Nonesuch Records, and herewith makes his debut on Pro Piano Records.

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