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Dazzling bravura and poetic insight
- The Washington Post 

2009 Texas Medal of Arts winner
2009 National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces touring artist
2009 Distinguished Alumnus, the University of Texas


James Dick has performed recitals and concertos in such venues as:


92nd Street "Y" (New York)
Academic Capelle (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Alice Tully Hall (New York)
Carnegie Hall (New York)
Kennedy Center (Washington DC)
Victoria Hall (Singapore)
Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest)
Salle Gaveau (Paris)
Wigmore Hall (London)


He has performed with such musicians and conductors as: 


Chicago Symphony Christopher Hogwood
Yo-Yo Ma   James Levine
National Symphony Lorin Maazel
Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy
Kiril Kondrashin Robert Spano
Tokyo Quartet    
Charles Olivieri-Munroe
Erick Friedman     Grant Llewellyn


James Dick has commissioned and premiered such works as:


Claude Baker's Flights of Passage: From Silent Sun to Starry Night
Stephen Barber's Shadowbox
Malcolm Hawkins' Rasmandala
Benjamin Lees’ Etudes
Sergio Molina's Down the Black River into the Dark Night
Chinary Ung's Rising Light
Dan Welcher's Shiva’s Drum and The Birth of Shiva

In addition to his schedule as a world-renowned guest artist, James Dick in 1971 established the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas to nurture and incubate aspiring young musicians. The Institute (today operated under The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts) has grown from a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square of Round Top to a 210-acre European-styled campus where distinguished faculty each year teach nearly 100 young artists and the Festival Institute provides year-round education and performance programs for audiences. Learn more about Festival Hill.


For his work at Festival Hill and for his gifts of performance and new music to classical music enthusiasts everywhere, James Dick has received numerous honors and commendations, including the Texas Medal of Arts, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and Honorary Associate of London's Royal Academy of Music.


James Dick is no stranger to accolades. From his youth, he has been recognized for his talent and for his contributions to music. He studied with noted teachers Dalies Frantz in Texas and Clifford Curzon in London. He went on to – in a single year -- win prizes in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (Moscow) and the Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy), and was a finalist in the Leventritt Piano Competition (New York).