Blair McMillen


Photo by Daniel d’Ottavio

Appearances: The Knights; International Contemporary Ensemble; New York Philharmonic; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; performances with jazz legends Fred Hersch and Don Byron; principal soloist on a tour of Japan with the Juilliard Orchestra; major concert venues throughout New York City, the United States, and around the world

Ensembles: member of several ensembles, including the American Modern Ensemble, the six-piano “supergroup” Grand Band, and the Perspectives Ensemble, among others; pianist for the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players for 11 years

Festivals: co-founder and co-director of Rite of Summer Music Festival on Governors Island in New York City

Recordings: Soundings, solo CD, 2000; Powerhouse Pianists II; featured on dozens of commercially-released solo and ensemble recordings, spanning numerous musical genres

Awards/Competitions: Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, Sony “Elevated Standards” Career Grant

Faculty: Bard College and Conservatory since 2005, piano faculty at Mannes School of Music in New York City

Education: Oberlin College, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music 

Blair McMillen performed with The Orchestra Now on April 10, 2021; November 14, 2020; April 23 & 24, 2016; and November 22, 2015.

Bio: November 2020