Pianist, critic and author JOHN BELL YOUNG has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Russia, Asia, and South America, and has earned international acclaim for his recordings on the Newport Classics, Americus, and Sony Classical labels. These have included his groundbreaking recordings of the music of Friedrich Nietzsche as well as Richard Strauss's melodrama, for piano and narrator, with actor Michael York.
A leading authority on the music of Scriabin, he is also the founder of the Nietzsche Music Project, and has written for many major publications, including the St Petersburg Times, Opera News, the Brattleboro Reformer, Piano, and the American Record Guide. He is the author of five books (on Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Schubert and Puccini) published by Amadeus Press.
His writing, concert tours, and other music projects have been recognized with generous awards from the Kittredge Fund (Harvard University), the Pew Charitable Trust, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, CEC ArtsLink, the PEN fund for Writers, Change, Inc, the Carnegie Fund, the Stephen King Haven Foundatio, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and others.
Mr. Young has served on the juries of a number of prestigious international piano competitiions, including the Premio Jaen in Spain, the Greta Erikson in Sweden, the Boston Amateur, the International Russian Music Competition in San Jose, and the Young Prince in Russia. He has lectured and given master classes at the Juilliard School, Brown University, the Putney School, the Mussorgsky College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the St Petersburg (Leningrad) Conservatory, and the University of South Florida.
In 2013 the Italian record label, Sheva Collection (www.shevacollection.it ) will release John Bell Young's newest CD, featuring music of Chopin, Scriabin, and others, and will include several performances recorded live in concert.