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.