Pianist Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, and her deeply felt interpretations of works from the Classical period to the present. In addition to an active performance schedule, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist, particularly with her 2013 release of piano music by Ned Rorem, Piano Album I, on Naxos Records, selected by Anthony Tommasini as one of the “Best in Classical Recordings” by The New York Times. Renowned critic Laurence Vittes wrote in his review for Gramophone (2/2014): “Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level by taking the time and care to capture the emotional impact each must have had when their dedicatees read their inscription and title, and then heard the music for the first time.”
Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at the 2019 Bach Festival in Arnstadt; a celebration of the work of Ned Rorem at 95 at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium in December 2018; and concerts at Michaeliskirche in Erfurt; the National Gallery in Oslo; the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio; the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in Massachusetts; Puffin Cultural Forum; the University of Arizona; Ramapo College Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Steinway galleries in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas; and a number of recitals in the Tri-State area.
With a keen sense of history, identity, and personal connection, Ms. Enger views music in the context of the unfolding of human affairs, past and present. These interests have stirred Ms. Enger to plan and present a multimedia concert program, Resonance, which addresses a rapidly changing climate, interleaving contemplative natural imagery with atmospheric and meditative compositions by Bach, Debussy, Satie, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, and others. Her multimedia project, The Mischlinge Exposé, set during the World War II period, combines music, literature, and images that focus on the haunting memories of the lives of Mischlinge – half-Jews – in Germany before, during, and after the Holocaust, experiences reflected in Ms. Enger’s own family history. Ms. Enger has presented her ambitious The Mischlinge Exposé throughout the US, and has commissioned and premiered a new work written by the acclaimed composer Bruce Adolphe, especially for this project.
An active recitalist with engagements throughout the United States and beyond, Ms. Enger has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. A recent collaboration with renowned illustrator and writer Maira Kalman featured Ms. Enger’s playing as part of “Maira Kalman Selects”, an exhibition curated by Ms. Kalman at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Ms. Enger’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s music is also one of the featured works in conceptual artist Mischa Kuball’s sound and light exhibit res.o.nant, now on view at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Ms. Enger’s dedication to bringing music to new audiences has motivated her to perform in accessible civic spaces. Her performance at the New York Public Library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium is featured in Frederick Wiseman’s acclaimed documentary Ex Libris, which has its PBS premiere in September 2018. Also this fall, she is in residency at the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) in Houston. Other recent appearances include Israel’s Bet Yad Lebanim in Nahariya, the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv and, in New York City, at St. Peter’s Church and the Donnell Library Center. Ms. Enger’s community engagement performances have left presenters and audiences, in the words of Cheryl Wylen, Program Director of the Backstage at the Y Concert Series, “in complete awe of her passion, skill and genuine warmth.”
Ms. Enger is a Steinway Artist.