John Salmon, pianist

“With true mastery, he performed etudes of Debussy, Chopin, Scriabin, and Liszt, and the sonata of Samuel Barber. The warmest applause came from the audience, whom the artist treated to two encores by Dave Brubeck.”
    Il Gazzettino (Farra d’Isonzo, Italy)

“Salmon’s consistently rewarding interpretations of these infrequently performed Brubeck pieces receive great praise from the composer himself, with good reason. Very highly recommended.”
    Ken Dryden,

John Salmon has been a member of the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music since 1989. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin; the Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School; the Solistendiplom from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany; and the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) degrees from Texas Christian University. His awards include the Premio Jaén (1979), the Gina Bachauer Award from Juilliard, a fellowship from the Beethoven Foundation (known nowadays as the American Pianists Association), and prizes from the 1979 University of Maryland (William Kapell Competition) and 1984 Busoni competitions. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1954.

"ACQUAINTANCE WITH A PIANO SOVEREIGN and emotion, sharp rhythms, deep lyricism, magnificent splendor... We will hear more of him."
    Badische Zeitung
    (Freiburg, Germany)

"Salmon's rapport with the piano is formidable ... brilliant performance."
    Indianapolis Arts Insight
    (Indianapolis, Indiana)

"A tremendous pianist who could soon be placed among the greatest of the day."
    El País
    (Madrid, Spain)

"Salmon set fire to the keyboard from one end to the other."
    The Indianapolis News
    (Indianapolis, Indiana)