CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award

CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award

Announcing the 2018 Recipient

Christopher O'Riley

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Award to be presented at the
CAPMT 2018 State Conference Banquet
on October 19, 2018 (SAT)
at Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach

Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his fifteenth year on air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music starts to almost a million listeners each week. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.

Christopher O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New Your Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicaco Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition, O’Riley has performed recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

Like by the Duke Ellington adage“There are only two kinds of music, good music and bad,” O’Riley—a proponent of the former in all of its guises—has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and an equally coveted four-start review from Rolling Stone magazine. O’Riley strives to introduce new audiences to classical music with an almost missionary zeal by performing piano arrangements of music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana alongside tradition classical repertoire. He has collaboarated for many years with the flutist Sir James Galway and cellists Matt Haimovitz and Carter Brey.

A prolific recording artist, O’Riley has recorded the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Liszt, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, and John Adams for Sony Classical, Oxingale Records, RCA Red Seal, Decca, and Harmonia Mundi.

Christopher O’Riley splits his time between Los Angeles and rural Ohio. Visit him online atwww.christopheroriley.comand From the Top at

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