About the Author
Carol Montparker is a pianist and the author of six books and numerous articles on music. Donal Henahan, former Chief Music Critic of The New York Times called her 1976 recital at Carnegie Recital Hall “a splendid debut from a pianist who starts where other pianists leave off.” Montparker’s diary of the experience evolved into her first book, The Anatomy of a New York Debut Recital, leading to the tangential career in music journalism. She has received four Awards of Excellence from the Educational Press of America. The original Chronicle spurred enthusiastic response from hundreds of musicians including the late great pianist, Glenn Gould, who called it “the most unput-downable piece of music journalism I have come across in many years.” Recently Ms.Montparker returned to the same recital hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City to present a special birthday celebration concert, a "homecoming", about which she kept a similar diary as the first one. Hence, this latest book, Chronicle II. Invited to join the roster of Steinway Artists in 1998, Carol Montparker continues to be an active recitalist. Her CDs, Pianogarden I and II, have received praises including from Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times : “a real artist, whose playing is unfailingly graceful and affecting,” and International Piano (Jan.2008): “Carol Montparker sparkles radiantly across a broad spectrum of repertoire… the grace and sheer communicated warmth of her playing in the Mozart, spill over into the Bach and Schubert, and in Ravel’s Sonatine, an enchanting reading that brims over with affection.” Montparker’s two professions of performance and writing have provided bountiful material for her lecture-recitals at conservatories, museums and universities, piano festivals and conferences. As a counterpoint to her work as a pianist and writer, Carol Montparker enjoys painting in watercolors, especially when traveling, and gardening. Ms.Montparker maintains and enjoys an active teaching studio in her residence in Huntington, Long Island.