Philip Amalong


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Philip Amalong "It's as if he's sitting down to a grand, luscious feast and inviting us to share in it..."

An exciting and diverse performer, Philip Amalong is known for his fiery, passionate interpretations and breathtaking virtuosity. His love of the piano has led him to many adventures in the world of music and brought demand for his talents as both a soloist and collaborator. From his affinity for the music of Brahms to his warm embrace of much contemporary music, he navigates a broad range of styles with conviction and grace.

Growing up in the Philadelphia area, he began piano studies at the age of five with his mother and continued until the age of 17 with Marion Paugh. His early recital appearances were in various Philadelphia venues such as the Union League, the Academy of Music, the Hill School, Cabrini College, Curtis Institute, and Drexel University. He was first prize winner of the Drexel Keyboard Award, multiple winner in the Tri-County Concerts Association Competition, and finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Competition and Pottstown Orchestra Youth Competition.

As a child Amalong developed his love for chamber music, performing with a piano trio coached by Metta Watts and Orlando Cole at The New School of Music and Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. His collaborative career has included recital performances with Terry King, cellist, Mark Gould (Principal Trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), William Ver Meulen (Principal Horn, Houston Symphony), Richard Hawley (Principal Clarinet, Cincinnati Symphony), and David Anderson (Principal Bass, Louisiana Philharmonic.) Amalong has performed with the RAZBIA ensemble, a chamber group formed for the residency program of Chamber Music America, and has also played and recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, the Fort Wayne Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic. He performs in various cities throughout the U.S. has played in Germany, Czech Republic, France and Italy. In 2002 he appeared at the IBLA Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., as part of an international group of performers celebrating that city's cultural renaissance.

His recordings include world premieres of works by Angelo A. della Picca, David Anderson and Rick Sowash. He has produced numerous recording projects on which he has performed as a soloist or in partnership with other musicians.

Another aspect of Mr. Amalong's musical career is his work as a composer, both of concert music and of commercial scores for television and film productions. His hundreds of commercial credits include national jingles and underscores for Blockbuster Video, Totes, Chiquita and many
others. For television, he has composed or collaborated on underscores and featured songs for many of the daytime dramas including Guiding Light, All My Children, and The Young and the Restless. His music has been heard as background to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe awards, and many television and film productions worldwide. Recently, he has worked with independent film directors, scoring films for festivals and independent release. His playing can be heard on the television special "Ohio," produced by Ken Burn's company Florentine Films featuring chamber music of Rick Sowash. He has composed numerous songs and instrumental works for performance, among them a setting of "Ave Maria" as a gift to his wife for their wedding.

Mr. Amalong attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music after winning a Van Cliburn Scholarship; here he studied with Frank Weinstock. Other awards during this time include first prize in the McElroy Competition and the Sarah B. Marvin Scholarship Award, and recently awards at the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Sicily and a Fellowship to the Rome Festival in Rome, Italy. He has participated in masterclasses of Gary Graffman, Cecile Ousset, and Samuel Sanders. He earned a Master's degree also at CCM, studying with the celebrated pianist, Sandra Rivers. His chamber music coaches during this time included Peter Oundjian and Yehuda Hanani. Mr. Amalong has taught at Xavier University and is currently on the faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph.


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