A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power” Robert Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn’s triumph in Moscow in 1958.
Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has already performed 40 different concerti with orchestras all over the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, and the Mexico City Philharmonic.
As a Steinway artist and recitalist, he has developed a reputation for his “genuine” interpretations of intriguing and delicately balanced programs. Under the sponsorship of Community Concerts, he completed a forty-city tour of the United States in 2001. In May 1999, he performed in the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two years earlier he worked with the late Henryk Gorecki in the US premiere of his Piano Sonata.
Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and collaborator in both instrumental and vocal chamber music. He frequently shares the stage with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra. Offstage he is in high demand for special recording projects by contemporary composers, and he often appears on soundtracks for film and television. Ten years ago Thies founded the Thies Consort, an ensemble that presents unique programs thematically bound by composer, cultural or historical connections.
A dedicated teacher, Thies is in demand across the globe as a masterclass teacher, chamber music coach, lecturer, and adjudicator. He maintains a small private studio and serves on the faculty of the Colburn School. www.robertthies.org