John Sutherland Earle, piano
Since moving to the DC area in 2010, John Sutherland Earle has become a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society; he also performs regularly with the Rock Creek Chamber Players, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, Friday Morning Music Club, and members of the US Army Orchestra, and at the Emerson Avenue Salons. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, Europe, and in Russia and Japan.
John studied piano, accompanying, and chamber music at the Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford University, and the Vienna Hochschule fűr Musik. His principal teachers were Peter Takacs, Adolph Baller, Haggai Niv, and Hans Petermandl. A National Merit and Fulbright Scholar as well as prizewinner at the Pacific International, Carmel Music Society, and Palo Alto Symphony Competitions, he participated twice in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and has returned to Russia for several concerts. In a parallel life, John teaches at George Mason University's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs.
One of John's specialties is a "curated concert," an informal lecture-recital including discussions of historical context and compositional style, with the goal not of teaching musicology but of helping modern listeners to hear and understand music as if they were contemporaries, even friends, of the composers. Recent examples include multi-media Schubertiades, with Lieder, chamber and solo music of Schubert, in Alexandria, Arlington, Budapest, and Moscow.