Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished concert pianist, improviser and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with, and has been commissioned by, many of the major orchestras and chamber music organizations around the world.
Last year, Orchid Classics released Mr. Goodyear’s recording of his suite for piano and orchestra, “Callaloo” and his piano sonata. His recent commissions include a Piano Quintet for the Penderecki String Quartet, and a piano work for the Honens Piano Competition.
Mr. Goodyear’s discography includes the complete sonatas and piano concertos of Beethoven, as well as concertos by Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Rachmaninov, an album of Ravel piano works, and an album, entitled “For Glenn Gould”, which combines repertoire from Mr. Gould’s US and Montreal debuts. His Rachmaninov recording received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Album for Soloist and Large Ensemble Accompaniment. Mr. Goodyear’s recording of his own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)”, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015. His discography is released on the Marquis Classics, Orchid Classics, and Steinway and Sons labels. His latest album, entitled “Phoenix”, on the Bright Shiny Things label, includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Highlight’s for the 2022-2023 season includes the opening night of the Vancouver Symphony season performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano concerto with music director Otto Tausk. He then gives the world premiere of his own piano concerto with the Albany Symphony and music director David Alan Miller for the opening of their season. Further orchestral appearances include the Baltimore, Nashville, Colorado and Toledo Symphony orchestras, the Noord Nederlands Orkest, and dates with the Chineke! Orchestra at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and the Celebrity Series of Boston.
Recital appearances include the Wallis in Los Angeles, Wake Forest University, and Music in the Morning in Vancouver. He continues as artist in residence at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory where he premieres an RCM commission of his new quintet for piano and jazz musicians.
"The crest of its finish was met with four standing ovations, which Goodyear rewarded with a short encore, the second movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in C minor (“Pathetique”), played with such grace it had to be more than a goodbye."
"Goodyear plays these seminal scores with pristine technique, abundant vitality, fascinating attention to detail and a composer’s grasp of overall structure."
"Goodyear is a phenomenon who deserves wide attention."
"There is an overall consistency of style and interpretative choices with Goodyear’s Sonatas cycle; The performances are direct, technically assured and played with clear conviction."