Bridget Convey, Piano
A musician who enjoys performing music of our time, pianist Bridget Convey has found much fulfillment in collaborating with living composers. Originally from New York, Bridget began performing contemporary repertoire under the guidance of percussionist Raymond DesRoches, and was given the opportunity to collaborate with composers, including Dary John Mizelle. Bridget relocated to Southern California and was fortunate to work with composers such as Stephen "Lucky" Mosko, Arthur Jarvinen, Morton Subotnick, Ishmael Wadada, Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Donald Crockett, Steven Hoey, Mel Powell, James Tenney among many others. Upon finishing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts she founded, directed and was pianist for "ensemble GREEN", an eleven piece new music ensemble.
As a soloist and ensemble musician, Bridget has been heard throughout the United States performing music of diverse periods and styles. She has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center (NYC) and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles, CA) (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic); "Sundays Live" Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Ojai Music Festival, CA; Fechin Institute Chamber Concert Series, Taos, NM; Idyllwild School of the Arts New Music Festival, CA; Maybeck Performing Arts Studio, Berkeley, CA; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME; University of Maine at Augusta; University of Maine at Orono; University of Southern Maine; Southern Utah University; "Music at St. Luke's" Portland, ME; "The Back Cove New Music Festival" at the Portland, ME; "Noonday Concerts" Portland, ME; Emery Community Arts Center and Nordica Auditorium at UMF; Franco Center, Lewiston, ME; Waterville Opera House, ME; Colby College, Waterville, ME; and many others.
Bridget has specifically been sought after as a New Music pianist and featured musician at several National and International Festivals in the United States. She has been invited as guest artist and lecturer for the "Satellite Salon Series" at the Southern Utah University; "Demystifying 20th Century Piano Music" at the MMTA Spring Convention at UMaine and the University of Southern Maine; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, OH); and at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Spring New Music Festival. Bridget has also performed at the International New Music Festival at CSSN, Las Vegas, NV.
Bridget is an active performer while continuing a life dedicated to education. Bridget serves as adjunct faculty at Bates College and maintains an active private studio in Central Maine.
Since Bridget relocated to Maine she has performed throughout Central and Southern Maine as a soloist and ensemble musician. She performs regularly with the Resinosa Ensemble (her trio with Joëlle Morris (mezzo-soprano) and Eliza Meyer (cello)), Maine Music Society Chorale, VentiCordi Chamber Ensemble (with Dean Stein (violin) and Kathleen "Kookie" McNerney (oboe)), pianist Chiharu Naruse and percussionist Lynn Vartan. She has worked with composers; Scott Wheeler, Richard Nelson, Vineet Shende, Elliott Schwartz, Nancy Gunn, Bruce Fithian, Daniel Sonenberg, Scott Harris, John Newell, Beth Wiemann, Joshua Jandreau, James M. Johnson, and Gia Comolli.
Bridget received her Music Diploma from Mannes College of Music in 1989; BFA in Piano Performance from SUNY at Purchase (Purchase College) in 1993; and MFA in Multi-focused Keyboard Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 1997. She can be heard on Navona, Cuneiform, Independent and Nataraja labels. Bridget lives in Hallowell with her husband, son, and two Australian Shepherds.