WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- John Browning, an American piano virtuoso who has appeared in virtually every music capital of the world during a long, distinguished career, will perform in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus on Sunday, Sept. 24. His recital, which begins at 3 p.m., is free of charge and sponsored by the Sappho's Gift Fund.
Browning, whose highly acclaimed recordings have won two Grammy awards, will also give a free master class on Monday, Sept. 25, in Cordiner Hall. The class will run from 4 to 6 p.m.
A native of Denver, Colo., Browning studied at The Juilliard School and made a triumphant debut in 1956 with the New York Philharmonic.
Browning, who maintains an active performing and recording schedule, appears regularly throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, New Zealand and Australia. He performs a broad spectrum of works ranging from Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to 20th-century composers.
In 1962, Browning was chosen to give the world-premiere of Samuel Barber's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at the inaugural celebration of New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Written especially for Browning, the piece was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and has since become the most frequently performed American piano concerto of the past half- century.
In the early 1990s, Browning received his first Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra" and a Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Album." His second Grammy Award, received two years later, was for "Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra."