BRIDGTON, Maine — The Hayloft at Dragonfly Barn in Bridgton, Maine, will be presenting an evening of classical piano with Clare Longendyke on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Longendyke, hailed a “superlative pianist,” (Journal of the IAWM), is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum.
Longendyke has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe and North America and has won first place prizes in national competitions in Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra.
Longendyke has been a featured soloist in the Fazioli Piano Series (Los Angeles), the Schubert Club of Minnesota’s Courtroom Concert Series, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ SoundBites Series, as well as in performances on NPR’s “Performance Today.”
An active performer of new music, she has premiered over 90 new works since 2012 and is the founder and Artistic Director of Music in Bloom, a new music festival in Indiana. Through her solo and ensemble work, she has worked with and performed the music of living composers Joan Tower, Frederic Rzewski, Mason Bates, Vivian Fung, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Joseph Schwantner, among many others.
Last season, Longendyke performed 50 concerts across the United States and in Europe, including two performances of Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto and solo recital performances in Paris, Italy, Minnesota, Maine, San Francisco, and Boston.
This season’s highlights include recitals in Boston, Portland, Maine, and Indianapolis, and a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota. Clare holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Longendyke is currently the director of chamber music and artist in residence at the University of Chicago Department of Music.