Photo by Sabrina Bot

Photo by Sabrina Bot

Allegra Chapman, piano
Artistic Codirector | Executive Director Bard Music West

Described as "brilliant" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco-based pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to engaging with new audiences as performer, presenter, and educator. 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, Allegra performs regularly with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and UC Berkeley's Eco Ensemble, and has collaborated with members of International Contemporary Ensemble and the Eusebius, Orion, and Telegraph String Quartets. Allegra has also worked with composers Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen and premiered the works of many composers, including Dylan Mattingly, Benjamin Pesetsky, and Shen Yiwen. 

Allegra is founding Artistic Codirector and Executive Director of Bard Music West, an innovative new branch of the Bard Music Festival that explores the life and influences of a single twentieth-century or contemporary composer each year. Bard Music West’s second season, The World of Henry Cowell, takes place April 6-7, 2018 at Noe Valley Ministry.

As an educator, Allegra enjoys a thriving teaching studio and has coached chamber music ensembles at many institutions, including San Francisco State University. She is a faculty member at Xi’an International Music Festival and at California Music Preparatory Academy. 

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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