Allison Brewster Franzetti

Program Coordinator for the Adult Chamber Music Program, Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program, Piano

Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program and Coordinator of Adult Chamber Music, Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality. She has performed as piano soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, English Sinfonia, City of Prague Philharmonic, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphony, Queens Symphony, European Women’s Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, and City of Prague Philharmonic. Solo recitals include critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall, New York and Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, a special performance at the Grammy® Salute to Classical Music honoring Lang Lang and Earl Wild, and concerts throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.  She is a 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra for "20th Century Piano Sonatas" on Naxos Records a 2003 Grammy® Award Nominee and a 2002 Latin Grammy® Award Nominee.  
 
Franzetti has collaborated with renowned composers and performers including Sir James Galway, Robert Aldridge, John Corigliano, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, and Robert White. 
 
 
  • Associated Programs

    Affiliations and Organizations

     

    2013 – Present,Music Teachers National Association

    2006 - Present,Advisory Board of Arts High in Newark, New Jersey

    2003 - Present,Member of Phi Kappa Phi

    2002 - 2006,Member of ArtPride Board of Directors

    2002 - Present,Writer Member of BMI

    2001 - Present,Member of the American Federation of Teachers

    1996 - Present,Voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

    1994 - Present,Member of SAG and AFTRA

    1982 - 2002,Writer Member of ASCAP

    1982 - Present,Publisher Member of ASCAP

    1982 - Present,Member of American Federation of Musicians Local 802

  • Education

    COLLEGIATE EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music
    Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School
    Doctorate in Musical Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  

  • Publications

    Published Works

    ·         101 Opera Librettos, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

    ·         Liner Notes for Naxos Records, Chesky Records, Amapola Records, Premier Recordings, Milan Records

    ·         Ecuadorian Mestizo Music with flutist Sharon Levin

     

    Recording Highlights

    ·         Mieczyslaw Weinberg Complete Piano Works - Grand Piano, Naxos

    ·         Quiet City - Dorian Sono Luminus Records

    ·         Maurice RavelAmapola Records

    ·         20th Century Piano SonatasNaxos Records

    ·         Poeta de Arrabal- Amapola Records

    ·         Tango Fatal- Amapola Records

    ·         Scriabin/Ravel/deFalla- Amapola Records

    ·         The Unknown Piazzolla- Chesky RecordsSouth American Landscapes– Premier Recordings

  • Research Initiatives

    RECORDINGS

    2012 and 2013 marked the release of 4 CDs dedicated to the complete piano music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on the new Naxos label, Grand Piano and “Pierrot et Colombine” on Sunnyside Records.  2011 CDs include "Alborada," recorded with composer/pianist Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic for Amapola Records, and "Quiet City," recorded with saxophonists Christopher Brellochs and Paul Cohen, for Sono Luminus Records.  Recent CDs include, "Maurice Ravel - Ma Mere L'Oye, Valses nobles et sentimentales and Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2" on Amapola Records; “Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti on Amapola Records;  the Grammy®-Nominated CD, “20th Century Piano Sonatas,” on the Naxos label; a CD recorded with flutist Kimberly McCoul Risinger, “Sonata Fantasy,” on Albany Records; a double concerto CD, “Reflexiones,” on Amapola Records;  the 2003 Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Classical Crossover Album, “Poeta de Arrabal” on Amapola Records the 2002 Latin Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Tango Album, “Tango Bar,” on Chesky Records.  Other solo CDs are “South American Landscapes” on Premier Recordings, “Scriabin/Ravel/deFalla” on Amapola Records and “The Unknown Piazzolla” on Chesky Records.  Also available on Amapola Records is her world-premiere recording of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti with the Janacek Philharmonic.  She is a featured soloist on the 2001 Latin Grammy® Award Winner, “Tango Fatal” on Amapola Records, “Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti” on Premier Recordings, and the 1997 Grammy® Award Winner, “Portraits of Cuba” on Chesky Records.  She has recorded two major works by Roberto Sierra, “El Mensajero de Plata” and “Bayoan,” with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for Newport Classics and Albany Records.  She has also recorded Latin American and English chamber music for the Musical Heritage Society.  

  • Subjects Taught

    Teaching Competencies

    ·         Solo piano

    ·         Collaborative piano

    ·         Chamber music with and without piano

    ·         Class piano

    ·         Piano literature and performance practices

    ·         Chamber music literature and performance practices

    ·         Vocal literature and performance practices

    ·         Music theory – all levels

    ·         Jazz styles

    ·         Pop music styles

    ·         Musical theatre

    ·         Music theory from Baroque - 21st Century

    ·         Music history and appreciation

    ·         Aural skills

    ·         Composition and arranging for feature film and commercials

  • Awards

    Awards Highlights

    2012- Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize

                2011- Executive Women of New Jersey Scholarship

                2008- Grammy® Nominee, Best Solo Instrumentalist Without Orchestra

                2003- Grammy® Nominee, Best Classical Crossover Album

                2003- Graduate Commencement Award, Kean Album University

                2002- Latin Grammy® Nominee, Best Tango Multiple Grammy® Nominee and 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra.


    Ms. Brewster Franzetti has won first prizes from the Paderewski Foundation and the Piano Teachers Congress of New York as well as awards from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. She was the recipient of the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize, two HEART (History, Education, Arts – Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Starr Foundation and Executive Women of New Jersey.

    Ms. Brewster Franzetti was appointed Concert Artist in Piano and Chamber Music at Kean University in 2001 and was elected to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi in 2002.  Kean University bestowed its first Graduate Commencement Performing Artist Award on Ms. Brewster Franzetti in 2003.

  • Expertise

    Chamber Music Performance and Instruction
    Piano instruction
    Musicianship training - music theory, ear training and solfegio


    A multiple Grammy® Nominee and 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Robert Schumann Festival at the Marcella Sembrich Museum in Lake George, New York, the Campeche Festival in Mexico and at the opening of the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has also been a guest artist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic (featured on NBC-TV News), the Long Island Philharmonic, the English Sinfonia, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony, the Colonial Symphony playing her own arrangement for solo piano and orchestra of Camille St. Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” the European Women’s Orchestra, and the Adelphi Orchestra, amongst others. She has played the world premiere of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires conducted by Javier LoGioia Urbe, commissioned for Franzetti as part of their 50th anniversary season, the European premiere with the Janacek Philharmonic conducted by Dennis Burkh, and the US premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Solo recital performances include her critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan. Franzetti is the piano soloist on the soundtracks of the 2006 American/Argentine film, “Tango Fatal,” the 2005 Argentine/French film, “Ronda Nocturna,” and the 2003 French/Spanish film, “Dans le rouge du couchant.”  
     
    2012 and 2013 marked the release of 4 CDs dedicated to the complete piano music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on the new Naxos label, Grand Piano and “Pierrot et Colombine” on Sunnyside Records.  2011 CDs include "Alborada," recorded with composer/pianist Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic for Amapola Records, and "Quiet City," recorded with saxophonists Christopher Brellochs and Paul Cohen, for Sono Luminus Records.  Recent CDs include, "Maurice Ravel - Ma Mere L'OyeValses nobles et sentimentales and Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2" on Amapola Records; “Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti on Amapola Records;  the Grammy®-Nominated CD, “20th Century Piano Sonatas,” on the Naxos label; a CD recorded with flutist Kimberly McCoul Risinger, “Sonata Fantasy,” on Albany Records; a double concerto CD, “Reflexiones,” on Amapola Records;  the 2003 Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Classical Crossover Album, “Poeta de Arrabal” on Amapola Records the 2002 Latin Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Tango Album, “Tango Bar,” on Chesky Records.  Other solo CDs are “South American Landscapes” on Premier Recordings, “Scriabin/Ravel/deFalla” on Amapola Records and “The Unknown Piazzolla” on Chesky Records. Also available on Amapola Records is her world-premiere recording of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti with the Janacek Philharmonic.  She is a featured soloist on the 2001 Latin Grammy® Award Winner, “Tango Fatal” on Amapola Records, “Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti” on Premier Recordings, and the 1997 Grammy® Award Winner, “Portraits of Cuba” on Chesky Records.  She has recorded two major works by Roberto Sierra, “El Mensajero de Plata” and “Bayoan,” with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for Newport Classics and Albany Records.  She has also recorded Latin American and English chamber music for the Musical Heritage Society.  
     
    An accomplished accompanist and chamber musician, Franzetti has collaborated with some of the finest performers, composers and directors in the world, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Lowell Liebermann, Melinda Wagner, Paul Moravec, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Musto, Robert Aldridge, Victoria Bond, David Maslanka, Carlos Franzetti, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, Julius Baker, Robert White, Mark Morris, and members of major US and international symphony orchestras.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe, and on radio and television.  
     
    Franzetti is the author of synopses for the book, “101 Opera Librettos,” published by Black Dog & Leventhal in New York. She writes liner notes for Amapola Records, Chesky Records, Sunnyside Records, Milan Records, and Premier Recordings.  
     
    Born in New York City, Franzetti received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has won first prizes from the Paderewski Foundation and the Piano Teachers Congress of New York as well as awards from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. She was the recipient of the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize, two HEART (History, Education, Arts – Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Starr Foundation and Executive Women of New Jersey. Franzetti was appointed Concert Artist in Piano and Chamber Music at Kean University in 2001 and was elected to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi in 2002. Kean University bestowed its first Graduate Commencement Performing Artist Award on Franzetti in 2003. She joined the faculty of Montclair State University in 2007 and was appointed Part-Time Lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010.
     
    Franzetti served on the board of directors for ArtPride, an organization that supports arts advocacy in the state of New Jersey. She currently serves on the advisory board of Arts High in Newark, New Jersey.  She is a member of NJMTA and the College Music Society.