MADISON, NJ - Plainfield resident Victoria Griswold will be the guest soloist at the Summer Festival in Madison. She will perform Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, a rarely performed piece in modern times, on Sunday, August 18.
Schumann is one of the most famous women in the music world. She was one of the first superstar international touring artists, playing piano in concert halls across Europe.
Schumann was also famous as the muse of both her husband Robert and her friend Johannes Brahms. She was a leading editor of many volumes of published collections.
Schumann was a gifted composer, writing a passionate romantic piano concerto at the age of 14. She performed it with the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the age of 16 as Felix Mendelssohn conducted.
Schumann wrote many songs, and a fair amount of chamber music. Her talents and creativity were admired by all of the leading composers and artists of the Romantic era. The influential violinist and friend Joseph Joachim performed her three Romances for violin and piano and declared them a “marvelous, heavenly pleasure.”
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, with Robert Butts conducting, will perform Schumann's PIano Concerto in A Minor, a rarely performed piece in modern times, at 3 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave.
Victoria Griswold is a classical pianist who has concertized in Europe, Brazil and throughout the New York metropolitan area. At her debut recital in New York City, The New York Times reviewer characterized her as “an elegant pianist.” She received her Bachelors and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
Her principal teachers include Jeaneane Dowis, Zenon Fishbein, and William Nelson. She has recorded new works by the American composer William Thomas McKinley with such orchestras as the Warsaw Philharmonic; the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She is currently working on a recording of piano music by women composers.
An active and versatile pianist, she has performed as soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, pianist and music director for professional musical theatre productions, music director and harpsichordist for Ars Musica Antiqua, an early music ensemble, and as church organist. She also served as staff accompanist at Jersey City State College for six years.
Griswold taught piano for 30 years in her private studio, and has adjudicated for many young people’s competitions and auditions sponsored by such organizations as the New Jersey Symphony, the Summit Symphony, the Livingston Symphony, the Music Educators Association of New Jersey, the Andrew DeGrado Foundation; and the New Jersey Music Teachers Association.
Griswold was also the owner of the Plainfield Music Store, a retail establishment specializing in printed music.