Photo by Kevin Fryer.

Photo by Kevin Fryer.

Allegra Chapman, piano
Artistic Codirector
Executive Director

Described as "brilliant" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco-based pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to engaging with new audiences as performer and presenter. She has performed at prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, and China, including Alice Tully Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Bard Music Festival, the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest, and Xi'an Concert Hall in Xi'an, China. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and KALW San Francisco. 

An avid chamber musician and passionate advocate for contemporary music, Chapman performs regularly with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and Ensemble Illume, and has premiered the works of many emerging and established composers. In 2012, Chapman performed Cage’s Concert for piano and orchestra with the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall and her unusual collaboration with Yamaha Disklavier and The Juilliard School’s Center for Innovation in the Arts was the subject of a feature article and video in the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to her performing career, Allegra is in demand as an educator.  She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College and MTSY Studio in Xi’an China. Previously, she served on the faculty of California Music Preparatory Academy where her student ensembles received top prizes in regional and national competitions. She has taught masterclasses and coached chamber ensembles at San Francisco State University, The Crowden Center, and Xi’an International Music Festival.

Allegra studied with Jeremy Denk and Peter Serkin at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, graduating in the inaugural class with degrees in piano performance and history. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at The Juilliard School where she earned her master of music degree with Seymour Lipkin and Julian Martin. Allegra previously studied with John McCarthy and has also worked with Dr. Sharon Mann at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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