Professor of Piano
D.M.A., Univ. of Southern California
M.M., The Juilliard School
B.A., Harvard University
Hailed by the New York Times for his “powerful and eloquent” performances, as “a brilliant performer—a gifted musical presence with a high sense of pianistic fantasy” (Salzburger Nachrichten), pianist John Blacklow has been presented on many of the world's most renowned concert stages. In Europe, he has performed in such venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London, the Philharmonie in Cologne, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the U.S., invited performances have included Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and both the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. Recent seasons have also included performances in Athens, Birmingham (UK), Brussels, Lugano, Venice, Zurich, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taipei. Live radio and television appearances have included Fuji Television (Tokyo), NPR “Performance Today”, BBC, and Radio France.
Blacklow has performed many times as keyboardist with orchestras on the West Coast, including Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Edo de Waart, Jeffrey Kahane, Rafael Payare, and John Williams, and on the L.A. Philharmonic's Green Umbrella New Music Series and Chamber Music Society.
A Steinway Artist, Blacklow graduated from The Juilliard School and Harvard University, studying with John Browning, Leonard Shure, Bella Davidovich, and Tatiana Yampolsky. He currently serves as Professor of Piano at the University of Notre Dame and has recorded for Universal Music, Ltd., Bridge, Albany, and DG-iTunes.