Avery is a classical pianist with an eccentric background. Prior to the beginning of his formal training with the esteemed Dr. Vedrana Subotic at the University of Utah, Avery was self-taught from the late age of 14 when he first discovered Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. Determined, Avery dedicated himself to learning the final movement of the Concerto and in 2018, competed in the Skyline Concerto Competition. Avery won the competition with distinction and was selected as the finale soloist for the Competition Winners’ Concert. In addition to soloing with the Skyline Philharmonic Orchestra, Avery received honors for becoming the founder of the Skyline Symphony Society, an outreach program dedicated to connecting the professional world of the Utah Symphony with students.
In the Fall of 2018, Avery was accepted into the University of Utah, School of Music’s Piano Performance program and is currently enrolled as a Double-Major in Piano Performance B.M., and Psychology, B.S. In addition to his piano studies, Avery is passionate about Choral and Orchestral Conducting. He currently studies Conducting with the distinguished Dr. Barlow Bradford, head of the Choral Department, and is also a member of Dr. Bradford’s A Capella Choir.
In April of 2019, Avery performed with the Choir in the Mormon Tabernacle Hall at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will also be singing with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall in December of 2019. Aside from singing in Choir, Avery is an ardent performer of the Romantic Opera repertoire and has appeared with the Lyrical Opera Theater in its productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s Carmen and Falstaff. Other venues include: Libby Gardner Hall, Dumke Recital Hall, Day Murray Recital Hall, Midvale Performing Arts Center, and various volunteer performances in senior living centers across the Salt Lake Valley.
Avery’s deep commitment to community involvement is exemplified in his participation in the University Piano Outreach Program (UPOP), whereby he volunteers his musical abilities in teaching elementary students foundational piano skills.
Additionally, Avery also studies with the distinguished Dr. Koji Attwood, a Juilliard and Curtis Institute Alum, and enjoys spending his lesson time geeking out about composers, food, music culture, and everything in between.
Avery’s story is a testament to his firm belief that anyone can become a musician, regardless of whether they possess a traditional musical background. As artists, Avery believes that it is necessary to conquer the boundaries of traditionalism and delve head-first into the possibilities that one’s potential future may hold. During the time that he was self-taught, Avery felt particularly engaged with the lyrical repertoire of Frederic Chopin and took it upon himself to study the deeply insightful and technically challenging Ballades. Avery largely attributes both his artistic and emotional development to these compositions and will be performing them in recital for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Furthermore, Avery is arduously preparing to participate in the upcoming 2025 International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.