Bruce Brubaker

Bruce Brubaker

 New York City, New York, USA
BandClassicalNew Age

In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Poisson Rouge, and in his continuing series of recordings for Arabesque -- Bruce Brubaker is the new pianist. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philip Glass on the BBC.


Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Bruce Brubaker’s piano playing, writing, and collaborations show a shining, and sometimes surprising future for pianists and piano playing.

Brubaker has gone far beyond the traditional "concert pianist." Through the genre-crossing of the internet, and alternative venues, he connects with a wide audience. His fans are lovers of many genres of music -- from Radiohead to Vampire Weekend, or Max Richter!

Brubaker is a frequent performer at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge. Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post critic Tim Page said: “I wouldn't trade Pollini, Argerich, Richard Goode, Peter Serkin or Bruce Brubaker (to mention a terrific younger artist) for any handful of Horowitzes!” Brubaker was presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall in New York, at Trifolion in Echternach, at Michigan’s Gilmore Festival, and at Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Arts, as the opening-night performer in the museum’s acclaimed new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building. His blog “PianoMorphosis” appears at

Bruce Brubaker’s CDs for Arabesque include Time Curve, Hope Street Tunnel Blues (featuring Brubaker’s transcription of a portion of Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach), Inner Cities, and the first CD in the series, glass cage, named one of the best releases of the year by The New Yorker magazine.

Brubaker has premiered music by Glass, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and John Cage. Following his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Brubaker was awarded a solo artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His London debut at the Wigmore Hall led to his first broadcast concert on the BBC. Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, London’s Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Finland’s Kuhmo Festival.

Bruce Brubaker has appeared on RAI in Italy and is featured in the documentary film about the Juilliard School, made for the PBS “American Masters Series.” Brubaker trained at Juilliard where he has hosted public conversations with Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt, and Meredith Monk.


Time Curve (Arabesque)
Hope Street Tunnel Blues (Arabesque)
Inner Cities (Arabesque)
glass cage (Arabesque)
Brahms/Wagner/Steuermann (Vital Music)

Set List

new music by Nico Muhly "Drones & Piano" -- for solo piano and electronics

etudes by Philip Glass

"Hope Street Tunnel Blues" by Alvin Curran