"Carolyn Enger's playing is beautifully nuanced and songlike through all of these pieces—by no means an easy achievement."
American Record Guide
Lauded in Fanfare Magazine for her “lavishing tone and sensitive, nuanced, thoughtful, unhurried timeless playing,” American pianist Carolyn Enger is a boldly passionate musician. Anthony Tommasini, Chief Music Critic of the New York Times, selected her Naxos American Classics Series recording of Ned Rorem’s Piano Album l and Six Friends as one of the “Best in Classical Recordings for 2013.” MusicWeb International described her playing as “thoughtful and sensitive … expressive … with fine nuance and tone shading.” Fanfare wrote, “Enger’s dynamic control and emotional sensitivity complement her keen sense of timing and proportion.” She is “a musician of rare quality.”
An active soloist, Ms. Enger has delivered her distinctly personal concerts in venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dedicated to bringing music to new audiences, Ms. Enger often performs in accessible civic spaces such as Israel’s Bet Yad Lebanim in Nahariya, and St. Peter’s Church and the Donnell Library Center in New York City. Ms. Enger’s community engagement performances have left presenters and audiences “in complete awe of her passion, skill and genuine warmth.”
Her debut album, In Evening Air, includes music of Beethoven, Copland, Hanson, Liebermann, Rorem and Scriabin. Recording In Evening Air inspired her to delve deeper into Rorem’s pieces for piano; she instantly fell in love with his miniatures, of which Ned said, “You play these very well. I have never heard them before.” Beyond her exploration of Rorem’s music, Ms. Enger’s commitment to programming compelling new works extends to American and Israeli composers such as Sean Hickey, Lowell Liebermann, Arvo Pärt, Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Lior Navok and Betty Olivero. This season she gave the world premiere of Sean Hickey’s Reckoning at Spectrum.
Her interest in distinctive concert experiences has led Carolyn to explore a multimedia concert program about WWll, combining music, literature, and images, centering on the lives of Mischlinge – Half-Jews – in Germany, before, during and after the Holocaust. It underscores her larger mission to create meaningful and relevant concert experiences for audiences.
Ms. Enger is a Steinway Concert Artist.
"Enger raises ... to a higher level by taking the time and care to recapture the emotional impact ..."
— Gramophone, February 2014
"Carolyn Enger's quiet confidence serves the composer well ... Forty Chords for Mark on April First is exactly what the title suggests, the slow, swelling crescendo impeccably controlled by Enger ..."
— Classical CDs Weekly: Review of Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends, TheArtsDesk.com
"Carolyn Enger ... plays with a highly sympathetic approach to the delicate phrasing required to emphasize the gentle nature of these pieces."
— Review of Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends, MusicWebInternational.com