Carl Cranmer made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, playing Mozart’s Concerto in A Major, K. 488. He has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic of England, the Gulbenkian Orquesta of Portugal, the Juilliard Orchestra and several other orchestras in the U.S. and Asia. His eclectic solo repertoire ranges from Sweelinck to Kapustin, and has performed chamber music with the Grammy-winning Takacs Quartet, violinist Axel Strauss and Akiko Suwanai, and tenor Robert White,among others. Of his performance of Liszt’s Concerto No. 2, The New York Times’ James Oesterreich remarked in his review “He made light work of Liszt’s fiendishly demanding octaves, scales, and glissandos, showing a fine lyrical strain to boot. And he did it all with lovely, controlled tone.” In the summer of 2018, Cranmer was a judge of 12th Moscow International Frédéric Chopin Competition held in Foshan, China. Cranmer is a Visiting Artist Faculty member at the Guangdong Open College-Conservatory near Guangzhou, China where he has taught since 2015. His 2018-19 concert season includes performances the quartet version of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Dali Quartet, the Gershwin Concerto in F with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra (PA) and solo recitals in Anchorage, Alaska, Salt Lake City, UT, Krakow, Poland, and Beijing and Guangzhou, China. In November, 2019, he performed and was interviewed on Philadelphia’s Classical station, WRTI. His performances have been televised in Madrid, Tokyo, Montreal, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and have been broadcast on radio stations in Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Boston, and Atlanta, including NPR. He performed over 30 concerts in Spain, and also concertized in France, England, Austria, Japan, South Korea, China, and Canada. His recordings include a solo album titled “Soirée”, of the music of Poulenc, Fauré, Liszt, Granados, Chopin and Samuel Barber. In 2010 he recorded Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic, and in 2015 released a CD of Barber’s Complete Published Solo Piano Music. In summer, 2019 he plans to record a CD of Rachmaninov’s Suites for Two Pianos, 1 and 2 and other pieces for two pianos with pianist Young-Ah Tak.
Cranmer has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Weill Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Academy of Music, Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia. Dr. Cranmer was the Grand Prize winner of the 1994 Missouri Southern Piano Competition, and also won the Spanish Music Prize and Finalist Prize in the 1995 Santander Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain.
Cranmer received his Doctoral and Masters degrees, and Professional Studies Certificate from the Juilliard School, and his undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has been a faculty member in the Cooper Piano Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in 2017 was invited to be on the summer piano faculty of the Interlochen Music Festival, and was the Artistic Director of the American Piano Forum (APF) at West Chester University, begun in 2016. Cranmer is an Associate Professor at the Wells School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and maintains an award-winning studio of private piano students in the Main Line area of Philadelphia.