Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile pianists today. The New York Times has described him as “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” “riveting,” and one of the piano’s “brilliant young stars.” Recent performances include solo appearances at the Moscow Conservatory, Casals Hall (Tokyo), Miller Theatre, Bard Summerscape, Caramoor, Le Poisson Rouge, Bargemusic; and with the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His CD “Soundings” was released to wide critical acclaim in 2004. Other solo recordings include “Powerhouse Pianists” on Lumiere, “Concert Music of Fred Hersch” on Naxos, and “Multiplicities: Born in ’38” on Centaur.
Dedicated to new and groundbreaking projects, Blair McMillen has premiered hundreds of pieces, and he constantly works with established and emerging composers in commissioning new works for the piano. Pianist for the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players and the American Modern Ensemble, he performs regularly with the downtown-NYC based Avian Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensembles, and the Locrian Chamber Players, among others. An active educator, improviser, and self-taught jazz pianist, he is on the piano faculty at Bard College and Conservatory.