Thomas Schultz has established a reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition - particularly Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert - and as a champion of 20th century music. His solo appearances are notable for their adventurous programming, and include recitals devoted to the music of Cage (1992), an all-Rzewski recital (1994), a recording of works by Rzewski and Hyo-shin Na for Belgian Radio in Brussels (1994), a program pairing Bach's Goldberg Variations with recent works by Rzewski and Takahashi performed in New York and San Francisco (1997-98), and a recital pairing works by Schubert with Asian and American composers performed in New York, San Francisco and Kyoto (1998-99). His programs have also featured works by Schoenberg, Webern, Eisler, Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti, Wolff, Feldman, Schnittke, Ustvolskaya, Jonathan Harvey, Boudewijn Buckinx and Walter Zimmermann. Mr. Schultz has worked closely with such eminent composers as Cage, Feldman, Wolff, Rzewski, Harvey and Elliott Carter (in performances of the Double Concerto at Alice Tully Hall in New York and at the Colorado Music Festival).

Mr. Schultz is also active as a chamber musician: he is pianist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and has performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, with Robert Craft's 20th Century Classics Ensemble, and with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Among his recent engagements are a performance of the Joan Tower Piano Concerto, performances of Stockhasen's Mantra, solo recitals at Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. During the 2000-2001 season he will play solo recitals in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna. His recording of Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Solo Pianos is on the MusicMasters label; he can be heard in chamber works of Earle Brown on a Newport Classics recording, and in solo and chamber works of Hyo-shin Na on a Seoul Records CD. Mr. Schultz's musical studies were with Philip Lillestol, John Perry and Leonard Stein. He has been a member of the piano faculty at Stanford University since 1994.

[from program for April 16, 2001 concert]

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