As a soloist with orchestra,
Edmund Battersby has been heard in recent seasons with the Pittsburgh
Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Virginia Symphony
Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra,
Mexico's Symphony Orchestra of Guadalajara and the National Orchestra
of Chile in Santiago.
An active recitalist, Mr. Battersby made his London recital debut
at Wigmore Hall and his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.
His many tours have taken him to major cities in the United States,
Europe, Great Britain, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. He is
consistently re-engaged at festivals throughout the United States
and Europe including the Library of Congress Summer Festival in
Washington, D. C., Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the
Bard Festival, the Rutgers University Summerfest, and major French
festivals (under the sponsorship of Festival de La Gesse and Pan
Europe of the new European Economic Community) including Musique
d'Ete in Toulouse and other French cities such as Montpellier, Boulogne-sur-Gesse,
and Limoges. Mr. Battersby has also performed at the Santa Fe Chamber
Edmund Battersby is a versatile chamber musician who has collaborated
with such noted instrumentalists as violinist Elmar Oliveira, cellist
Carter Brey, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Manhattan Quartet and
the American chamber Players. In this genre he has performed the
standard ensemble repertoire and premiered the performed many challenging
new works by composers including George Crumb, George Rochberg,
Olivier Messiaen, Eliott Schwartz and William Bolcom. Throughout
his career, Edmund Battersby has been fascinated with historic models
of the early piano and his involvement in turn has enriched his
understanding of the tonal possibilities of the modern instrument.
His interest has led to his premiere recording of the works of Schumann
and Chopin on a replica of Conrad Graf's Viennese Pianoforte (c.
1825) on the Musical Heritage label, and special recitals at New
York's Frick Collection performing on the Graf piano. In addition,
Mr. Battersby was invited to play an 1854 French Erard piano belonging
to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria at its United States premiere
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Edmund Battersby's recordings have received critical praise and
his discography continues to grow. His first recording on the Koch
International label (featuring Enrique Granados' Goyescas) was short-listed
for a 1991 Grammy Award. In February, 1993, his recording of Rachmaninoff's
selected Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux was released on the same label.
Mr. Battersby can also be heard on George Rochberg's Piano Quintet
with the American Chamber Players on the Koch International label.
Edmund Battersby is a member of the faculty at the School of Music,
Indiana University-Bloomington. He studied at Juilliard School,
where he received the prestigious Alumni Award upon graduation.
His teachers include Barbara Holmquest, Artur Balsam, and Sascha