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Charisse Baldoria

Pianist, Composer, Writer

Prizewinner of international piano competitions, Charisse Baldoria has performed on five continents and draws upon her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage in her music. Her newest album, Godowsky in Asia, features the complete Java Suite and other Asia-inspired works. Gamelan on Piano presents world-premiere recordings of works by Filipino composer Ramon P. Santos, and other composers inspired by Southeast Asian gong-chime traditions. Evocación showcases music inspired by flamenco and tango. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and musicians from various traditions.  

 

As a composer, her works have been performed around the US and abroad. Her song cycles and solo piano compositions draw from literature, improvisation, jazz, Latin music, popular music, gamelan, and Western styles.

A finalist of the 2023 DISQUIET Literary Prize in nonfiction and on its fiction shortlist in 2024, her prose and poetry appear in CutBank, Passengers, The Good Life Review, Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art, and others. Her work has or will receive support from VONA, the DISQUIET International Literary Program, and Kenyon Review.

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Godowsky in Asia

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In 1923, virtuoso pianist-composer Leopold Godowsky visited the island of Java during a concert tour around Asia. Fascinated by Javanese music, culture, and landscapes, he composed the monumental Java Suite, a suite of 12 movements for solo piano. Almost a century later, during the pandemic, pianist-composer Charisse Baldoria recorded it on her 1928 Steinway L, along with other Godowsky works inspired by non-Western cultures. 

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Gamelan on Piano

"Rarely has the piano’s staggering range of sonic texture been so aptly explored as pianist Charisse Baldoria does on this most unique project." (Morning Call)

"Impressive, sensitive performances…" (Fanfare)

Inspired by the gong-chime music of Indonesia and the Philippines, this album features works for solo piano and chamber music by composers from Europe, North America, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Includes the music of Debussy, Godowsky, Lou Harrison, Colin McPhee, Gareth Farr, and the world premiere recording of Philippine National Artist Ramon P. Santos' Gong-An suite (world premiere). 

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Evocación

"…Her playing of standard works is equal to that of the artists who have preceded her…" (Fanfare)

"Like Yuja Wang, Baldoria is petite but possessed of a strong, confident technique…" (Fanfare)

Evocación is a summoning of passion, memory, and the imagination. From Falla's flamenco fantasy to Piazzolla's intoxicating tangos, from Albéniz' virtuoso portraits of Spain to Scarlatti and Buencamino's Spanish and Argentine transformations, this album of dance and song seeks to evoke time and place, memory and experience--both real and imagined. 

Live Performances

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Charisse Baldoria plays Godowksy's Java Suite (live in concert), Books 1 & 2

Alchemy (Denise Levertov Songs) by Charisse Baldoria (Louisville concert)

Fantasia Baetica by Manuel de Falla. Charisse Baldoria, piano

Alchemy (Orlando performance) (Denise Levertov Songs) by Charisse Baldoria; Jordan Markham, baritone

Alchemy (Denise Levertov Songs), a song cycle by Charisse Baldoria

Piano, Poetry, Drawing, Dance: Music by Debussy, Santos, and Farr. Charisse Baldoria, piano

Charisse Baldoria plays Oblivion by Piazzolla (arr. for solo piano by Kyoko Yamamoto)

Albéniz, El Corpus en Sevilla (Iberia) - Charisse Baldoria, piano

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Bio

A prizewinner of international competitions and former Fulbright scholar from the Philippines, pianist Charisse Baldoria has performed on five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests.

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Events

  • LVMTA Achievement Awards Auditions
    LVMTA Achievement Awards Auditions
    Sat, Nov 06
    Moravian College
    Nov 06, 2021, 8:30 AM
    Moravian College, 1200 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA
    Nov 06, 2021, 8:30 AM
    Moravian College, 1200 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA
    Charisse will be an Adjudicator for the Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association Achievement Awards Auditions.
  • Solo Recital at Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, PA
    Solo Recital at Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, PA
    Mon, Oct 25
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University
    Oct 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University, 414 S 11th St, Indiana, PA 15701, USA
    Oct 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University, 414 S 11th St, Indiana, PA 15701, USA
    Charisse will play original compositions, as well as works inspired by non-Western music by pianist-composer Leopold Godowsky.
  • Masterclass at Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, PA
    Masterclass at Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, PA
    Sun, Oct 24
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University
    Oct 24, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University, 414 S 11th St, Indiana, PA 15701, USA
    Oct 24, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
    Gorrell Recital Hall, Indiana University, 414 S 11th St, Indiana, PA 15701, USA
    Charisse will give a masterclass to piano students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Piano and Composition Masterclass at Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Westerville, OH
    Piano and Composition Masterclass at Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Westerville, OH
    Sat, Oct 16
    Riley Auditorium
    Oct 16, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
    Riley Auditorium, 170 W Park St, Westerville, OH 43081, USA
    Oct 16, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
    Riley Auditorium, 170 W Park St, Westerville, OH 43081, USA
    Charisse will give a masterclass to piano and composition students at Otterbein University.
  • Solo Recital at Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Westerville, OH
    Solo Recital at Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Westerville, OH
    Fri, Oct 15
    Riley Auditorium
    Oct 15, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
    Riley Auditorium, 170 W Park St, Westerville, OH 43081, USA
    Oct 15, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
    Riley Auditorium, 170 W Park St, Westerville, OH 43081, USA
    Charisse will perform works by Godowsky as well as original compositions.
  • Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival
    Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival
    Sat, Oct 09
    Robert M. Sides Family Music Center
    Oct 09, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
    Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St, Williamsport, PA 17701, USA
    Oct 09, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
    Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St, Williamsport, PA 17701, USA
    Dr. Baldoria will adjudicate the performance festival hosted by the Williamsport Music Teachers Association.
  • Solo Recital at Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomsburg, PA
    Solo Recital at Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomsburg, PA
    Thu, Oct 07
    Mitrani Hall, Hass Center for the Arts
    Oct 07, 2021, 7:30 PM
    Mitrani Hall, Hass Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, USA
    Oct 07, 2021, 7:30 PM
    Mitrani Hall, Hass Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, USA
    Charisse plays music by Godowsky as well as original piano compositions and improvisations, with special guest percussionist Urie Kline on cajón.
  • Paper Presentation: Godowsky in Asia
    Paper Presentation: Godowsky in Asia
    Sat, Mar 28
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall
    Mar 28, 2020, 3:15 PM PDT
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
    Mar 28, 2020, 3:15 PM PDT
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
    Dr. Baldoria will present a paper on virtuoso pianist-composer's Leopold Godowky's time in Asia in the 1920s, titled "Godowsky in Asia: Concerts in Japan, China, and Colonial Southeast Asia." [CANCELED due to the Coronavirus]
  • Performance at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
    Performance at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
    Sat, Mar 28
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall
    Mar 28, 2020, 1:30 PM PDT
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
    Mar 28, 2020, 1:30 PM PDT
    Cornish College of the Arts - Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
    Charisse will perform pieces from Godowsky's Java Suite at the Cornish College of the Arts as part of the College Music Society Pacific Northwest Conference. [CANCELED due to the Coronavirus]
  • Masterclass at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
    Masterclass at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
    Thu, Mar 26
    University of Puget Sound Music Building
    Mar 26, 2020, 6:00 PM PDT
    University of Puget Sound Music Building, 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, USA
    Mar 26, 2020, 6:00 PM PDT
    University of Puget Sound Music Building, 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, USA
    Dr. Baldoria gives a masterclass at the University of Puget Sound School of Music [CANCELED due to the Coronavirus]
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Photography

Charisse's wanderlust, passion for culture, love of nature, and penchant for freezing moments into still images led to cultivating a photography hobby over the decades. Learning from a fully manual Canon F-1 SLR, she worked with slide, color, and black-and-white film before turning digital. The following are samples of her digital endeavors. Please check back for more.

Flute
Violin Players
Lake Te Anau in the Sunset
Playing Piano
Violin Shop
Golden Marble
Orchestra
Clarinet in orchestra
Surface Sound
Strips Psychic
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Taal Volcano, Taal Lake
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