NEW YORK, NY – Canadian pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear, an artist acclaimed as a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, has garnered his third JUNO Award nomination in the category of “Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble” for his Steinway & Sons recording of his original arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, Op. 71. Mr. Goodyear was previously nominated for his recordings of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Nos. 2 and 3 (also on Steinway & Sons), and his Complete Beethoven Sonatas (on the Marquis Classics label). The JUNO Awards will be announced on April 2, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.
Mr. Goodyear's unique take on Tchaikovsky's holiday masterpiece was released in October 2015 on the Steinway & Sons label, and was selected by the New York Times as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015. Chief music critic Anthony Tommasini wrote, "As a youngster in Toronto, the pianist Stewart Goodyear loved listening to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker over and over. Also a composer, Mr. Goodyear channeled his love for the work into his own elaborate, detailed and utterly captivating arrangement for solo piano, which he plays magnificently on this new recording. Like Liszt, a master at transcribing symphonic music for the piano, Mr. Goodyear honors Tchaikovsky’s music through his ingenious arrangement.” Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Pianist Stewart Goodyear’s piano transcription of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is so high spirited and idiomatically pianistic it might make you forget about the orchestral version.”
To watch a full performance of The Nutcracker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucJ70yXQBgw
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ABOUT STEWART GOODYEAR
STEWART GOODYEAR is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. He has performed with major orchestras of the world, including those of Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Montreal, Toronto and Atlanta, as well as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has recently performed in recital at the Rheingau Musik Festival, McCarter Theatre, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.) and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
Goodyear’s discography includes Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas; Diabelli Variations; Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto; Grieg’s Piano Concerto; Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3 and his piano transcription of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. His new recording of Ravel piano works will be released this year on Orchid Classics.
Highlights of the 2016–17 season are recital dates at McCarter Theatre, Koerner Hall and the Phillips Collection; return engagements with the NJSO and Toronto Symphony and his debut at the Savannah Music Festival performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in one day.