Born into an artistic family that includes the legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska, Alan Gampel made his debut playing Beethoven variations at the age of seven at the Hollywood Bowl. At eight he received The Special Award in the Arts from UNICEF and, at sixteen the Presidential Scholars Award at the White House. After graduating from Stanford and completing a graduate degree at USC, he moved to Paris. Auditioning for Sir Georg Solti, Yehudi Menuhin and Daniel Barenboim led to studies and performances throughout Europe. In 1991, he received a top prize at the Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York and was unanimously awarded the Mozart Bicentenary Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition. In 1995, Mr. Gampel won the coveted Chopin Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition.

Alan Gampel has been performing as featured soloist with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Irish National Symphony, and the Czech Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared in recital in the United States at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, in New York’s Frick Collection Series and the Mostly Mozart Festival; in London at Wigmore Hall; in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Auditorium du Louvre, and Musee d’Orsay; in Rome at the Teatro Ghione; and in Istanbul on the International Pianist Series.

During the 1999-2000 season, Mr. Gampel gave an extensive international recital tour celebrating Chopin’s 150th anniversary. At many of these concerts, he combined performing with comments on the composer’s life and work. At almost every city on the tour, he made informal appearances at local public schools; these voluntary children’s concerts have become a staple of his tours. That passion for introducing young people to classical music has recently led Mr. Gampel to create the Joy2Learn Foundation, dedicated to bringing the fine arts into classrooms across America.

Mr. Gampel’s 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons will include tours devoted to the lives and music of Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert. The tours will include debut appearances and return engagements in the U.S.A., Europe, and Japan.

Alan Gampel’s previous CDs include a collection of Beethoven Sonatas and a compilation of works by Chopin.


Alan Gampel: Chopin and Liszt Sonatas (#07382)