Meet the Judges: Thomas Bagwell

Called by Marilyn Horne, "A pioneer for his age," Thomas

Bagwell is well known as a pianist in song recital and chamber music.  

His appearances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to such

venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the  

Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and numerous halls across the United  

States , Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan. 

Thomas Bagwell's activities

as a coach and teacher have led to invitations to give masterclasses

for colleges and apprentice programs in opera companies. He is an

assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington  

National Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.     

Thomas Bagwell has partnered in recital such singers as Marilyn

Horne, Renee Fleming Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Frederica Von Stade,

Andrea Rost, Kristine Jepson, James Morris, Roberta Peters and Lucine

Amara. His recital partnerships with the rising generation of singers

include Elaine Alvarez, Eric Cutler,Gregory Turay, Rinat Shaham, Thomas

Meglioranza and Jesse Blumberg. 

In the field of chamber music, Mr.

Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has

performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson and Scott

St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD, now available on

itunes, of works by Antonin Dvorak on the Marquis Classics label.

Miranda Cuckson and Mr. Bagwell performed the ten Beethoven Sonatas for  

violin and piano in a three part series at the Madison Avenue

Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2009.   

Thomas Bagwell has

received degrees from the Mannes College of  Music, the Manhattan

School of Music, and has studied with Warren Jones, Graham Johnson, and

Edna Golandsky. After his formal studies, Mr. Bagwell pursued

additional training with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen at the Academie

Villecroze. Mr. Bagwell organized and performed several concert

series' in New York at the Austrian Cultural Forum including the

complete songs of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, surveys of Schubert,

Schoenberg and Zemlinsky, in additions to many other concerts.  He was

co-artistic director for an Austrian Lieder festival in Washington D.C.

at the Austrian Embassy, where he has performed many times.         


recent performances have included recitals sponsored by the Lotte

Lehmann Foundation, of which he is an advisory board member, featuring

young singers hand picked by the Foundation for their abilities as

recitalists, and a series of performances and recording of a new

collection of American art song called "Five Borough Songbook" with

such composers as Tom Cipullo, Chris Berg, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jorge

Martin and many others. Other recent performances include a concert at

the Kennedy Center with soprano Elaine Alvarez, sponsored by the Vocal

Arts Society, a recital of songs and piano pieces by Felix Mendelssohn

and Fanny Hensel in New York (including two world premieres),and a

recital with internationally known soprano Renee Fleming at the State

Department in Washington, D.C. for Hillary Clinton. Other

collaborations with Renee Fleming have included preparing her for

performance of Messiaen's nine part song cycle, "Poemes pour Mi," with

the New York Philharmonic, Andrew Previn's "Streetcar Named Desire" and

the recent world premiere of Anders Hillborg's "The Strand Settings."  

Mr. Bagwell  spearheaded the 20th anniversary performance of the AIDS

Quilt Songbook on December 1, World AIDS Day, 2012 and his since

repeated the cycle in Philadelphia. As a teacher of opera and art

song, Thomas Bagwell has been on the faculty of Yale University , and

currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music where he teaches

collaborative piano as well as classes for singers in operatic

repertoire and German Lieder. He has taught masterclasses at the Santa  

Fe Opera, New Jersey Opera, Simpson College , Portland State University

and was the keynote teacher at the Oregon chapter of NATS at the Lewis

and Clark College in January 2008. He is a regular faculty member of

the CoOPERAtive summer opera program in Princeton, New Jersey.