Pianist Lydia Brown has achieved and enjoys a diverse career in recital, opera and chamber music. After completing the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, Lydia Brown became an assistant conductor at The Metropolitan Opera and has maintained a position there since 2005. She joined the music staff of the San Francisco Opera in 2011. In addition, Miss Brown has enjoyed long working relationships with Spoleto Festival USA and Gotham Chamber Opera.
Miss Brown is the current Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department at The Juilliard School. Other teaching appointments include positions at the Yale School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since 2006 she has been the coordinator and primary pianist of the Vocal Program at the Marlboro Music Festival and School.
She has appeared in recitals at distinguished venues such as the Salle Cortot, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Coolidge auditorium at the Library of Congress and the Phillips Gallery, and has toured with many prominent groups and presenters including the Pro Musicis Foundation, Young Concert Artists, the Piatigorsky Foundation, Musicians from Marlboro and Concert Artists Guild. Among her primary interests is the preparation and performance of new music which includes world premieres of song cycles by John Harbison, Libby Larsen, Richard Hundley, Paola Prestini, Daniel Sonenberg and Renee Favand-See and US premieres of “Èmilie” by Kaija Saariaho, “Faustus the Last Night” by Pascal Dusapin, the NYC premiere of Elliott Carter’s “What Next?” and “Dolores Claiborne” by Tobias Picker.
She is honored to have served on the mentoring panel of the Duffy Institute of New Opera for several years.
Her special interests include Music For Food of which she founded the Cincinnati chapter, and Sing For Hope in which she performed on the inaugural concert.