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Biography

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 Captivating audiences with refined musicality, clarity of interpretation and a commanding stage presence, Isaac Foreman is establishing himself as an exciting and versatile pianist and chamber musician. Recent appearances include performances on Alice Tully Hall’s “Wednesday at One” series and the 2022 Juilliard Focus Festival. Mr. Foreman is a prize winner of numerous competitions, including the American Virtuoso International Competition (1st Prize), MTNA Steinway and Sons Piano Competition (2nd Prize), Young Texas Artists Piano Competition (2nd Prize), WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition (1st Prize), and the 2023 Shepherd School of Music Piano Concerto Competition. 

 

As a passionate advocate for the arts, Mr. Foreman appeared as a featured artist of Cliburn in the Classroom (2019-2020), the signature educational outreach program of the Cliburn, which exposes more than 30,000 public school students to classical music each year. Mr. Foreman has also served on the staff of the Juilliard Music Advancement Program, as well as the Juilliard precollege and college divisions as a collaborative pianist. 

 

A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Foreman is currently a member of the young artist roster of the Houston based concert presenter, DACAMERA. He also serves as an artistic advisor, organizer, and performer for the “Shepherd Showcase” concert series – a partnership between the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Emanu El Synagogue of Houston that explores the chamber music of Jewish composers. 

 

Mr. Foreman has performed at summer festivals across the globe including the Gijón International Piano Festival (Spain), MusicFest Perugia (Italy), PianoTexas International Festival and Academy (USA), Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses (Israel), The Festival of American Song (USA), and Semper Music International Festival in Völs am Schlern (Italy) where he performed Alexander Knaifel’s piano quintet, In Air Clean and Unseen, with the composer in attendance.

 

Primarily a pianist, Mr. Foreman is equally at home on the organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano. As an accomplished organist, he won first prize at the 2017 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition, and second prize in the 2017 AGO/Quimby Southwest Regional Competition for Young Organists.

 

Mr. Foreman is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Rice University under the guidance of Jon Kimura Parker. He previously completed a master’s degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal, and a bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University as a student of Tamás Ungár. 

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