Avery Lin Gagliano
“Being a Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar has been a transforming experience. It has exposed me to so many new and wonderful aspects of music through performing in different communities. The foundation has provided a nurturing environment where I am free to explore and expand my boundaries as a musician. I have become a more confident performer, and have learned to embrace musicianship and openly share music with others. The foundation has welcomed me into its family with open arms, and I have made so many wonderful friendships with other, inspiring scholars. I am forever grateful to the foundation for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is through the support and encouragement of the foundation, my peers, and Lang Lang that I have not only learned how to become a better musician, but a better person.”
Washingtonian Avery Gagliano is a Jack Kent Cook Honors recipient at Levine Music and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Avery began playing piano at age five and began studying violin soon after. At age nine she had her orchestral debut with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) at Strathmore Concert Hall and performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The following year, Avery was invited to performed on the National Public Radio’s (NPR) From The Top, and was featured in the PBS documentary titled “Arts and the Mind.”
Among her honors are her most recent wins of First Prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC and Grand Prix at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Connecticut. Previous highlights include winning First Prize in all three divisions of the Marlin-Engle Piano Competition (by age 11), the Marlin-Engle Instrumental Competition, the Cogen Piano Concerto Competition, the DCPS Piano Competition, the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Piano Competitions and NVMTA Chamber Competition.
In 2013, Avery studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival under the direction of Dr. Veda Kaplinsky. The same year, she was one of the twelve selected young pianists worldwide to participate in the Inaugural Lang Lang Junior Music Camp in Munich, Germany, where she performed in concert and master class with Lang Lang. Subsequently becoming a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Foundation, she performed the Ravel Concerto in G major with the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra at the renowned Ravinia Pavilion in Chicago.
In December 2014, Avery performed a concert commissioned by the White House Historical Association – “Music in the Harding White House” at the historic Decatur House in Washington, DC. In the recent past, Avery has collaborated with the Capital City Symphony performing Mozart Concerto No. 20, and The National Chamber Ensemble, performing both piano and violin in concert with Leonid Sushansky. She has performed at major concert venues including the Greene Space at WQXR and the United Nations Headquarters with Lang Lang, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Ward Recital Hall at the Catholic University, Center for the Arts at George Mason University, the Waterford Foundation of Virginia and the Greenbrier of West Virginia.
Outside of traditional concert halls, Avery is an active Music Ambassador in local communities, performing at embassies, senior homes and other private venues in Washington, DC. She believes in giving back and is regularly invited to perform in support of non-profit organizations such as the Lang Lang International Foundation, From The Top, The Carnegie Institute of Science, Imagination Stage and Levine Music.
Avery studies piano under the tutelage of Marina Alekseyeva and violin under Jorge Orozco. Avery has had masterclasses in keyboard and in strings with renowned musicians such as Lambert Orkis, Horacio Gutiérrez, Joseph Kalichstein, Benedetto Lupo, Dmitri Shteinberg, Mikhail Volchok, Larissa Dedova, Jonathan Carney and the Emerson Quartet.
Outside of music, Avery enjoys reading, doing math, swimming, dancing ballet, and watching movies.