Pianist Findlay Cockrell has made many solo, chamber music, and concerto performances with orchestra in New York’s Capital District since 1966, after coming upriver from New York City where he had obtained his BS and MS degrees from The Juilliard School—where his teacher was Edward Steuermann—and had also taught privately and performed. Over the years he has appeared with the Cleveland, Manhattan, Philarte, New Philadelphia, Bolshoi Orchestra, and Columbia String Quartets, the Northeasterly Winds Quintet, and New York Philomusica, and has performed chamber music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston and Albany Symphonies. In Russia he performed a recital at the Moscow Conservatory, as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky Hall with the Ossipov Orchestra, and in Tula with faculty of the Dargomizhsky School and as soloist with the Yasnaya Polyana Orchestra. In New York his debut recital was sponsored by Concert Artists Guild, and there have been recitals in California, his home state, at San Francisco and Berkeley, as well as in Barbados (sponsored by Partners of the Americas) and other locations abroad on his European trips. With the San Francisco Symphony Summer Pops series conducted by Arthur Fiedler he was guest soloist, and he was heard on nation-wide CBS television on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, broadcast live from the stage of the San Francisco Opera House. As a high school student he played violin, viola, clarinet, and bassoon in various orchestras, and at both high school and college levels did much choral singing. Also in high school he soloed as pianist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, and played the first performance of the first season of the still-prospering Junior Bach Festival of Berkeley. Out of high school he attended one summer at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West as violist-pianist, and attended Harvard College for two years (class of ’57), during which he won the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra’s concerto competition and sang in the Boston Symphony’s performance of the Bach B Minor Mass. He was honored to be awarded the Alfred Hertz Scholarship (used for the first semester at Juilliard), the Ernest Hutcheson and Alumni Scholarships at Juilliard, significant financial aid (Harvard and Juilliard), Citizen of the University and Collins Fellowship for faculty at UAlbany, and the Albany League of Arts Award for Artistic Excellence. Favorite repertoire includes Gershwin’s Songbook, Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F (performed with many Capital District orchestras), many Mozart concertos (with his Amadeus Chamber Orchestra), and all the Beethoven piano sonatas (played through twice). Mr. Cockrell has popularized the noon recital in many locations, including Troy Music Hall and Empire State Plaza in the Capital District and Barbados’ Collymore Hall (founder of each), and at University of California Berkeley, as well as other locations.
Other FindlayRecordings CDs:
FC-01 It’s Grieg to Me
FC-02 The Well Tempered Steinway (J.S. Bach)
FC-04 Invitation to the Nineteenth Century (Weber, Beethoven, Schubert)