In his three decades on the concert stage, Gregory Partain has performed as piano recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber music collaborator throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia, and Greece.
Concerto appearances include performances with the Seattle Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy), the City of Athens (Greece) Symphony, the Yaroslavl (Russia) Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene (OR) Symphony, and the Sunriver and Peter Britt summer festival orchestras, among others. Recent solo piano projects include Beethoven’s Odyssey—a seven-evening lecture-recital series comprising 22 Beethoven sonatas, with performances in Lexington, Portland (OR), Boston, Chicago, and additional locations.
Partain has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his recordings of a wide-ranging repertoire spanning the 17th to 21st centuries: “Gregory Partain is a gifted pianist, and every item is intelligently and sympathetically played” (BBC Music Magazine); “This is my kind of pianism: strong, intelligent, unshowy, authoritative and deeply satisfying” (Terry Teachout); “Some of the best Scarlatti I’ve ever heard…Dare I say it? These approach the same level as Horowitz’s legendary recordings” (American Record Guide).
Also a serious composer, Partain has focused primarily on vocal genres. In fall of 2015, the Lexington Singers and U.K. Chorale presented Requiem, Partain’s major work for chorus and orchestra, in Lexington’s Singletary Center. In 2007, he received an Al Smith Professional Assistance grant from the Kentucky Arts Council for his collected works.
Partain received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Washington, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin as a Javits Fellowship recipient. Dr. Partain has taught at Transylvania University since 1991.