Artist's Biography

Charles Wadsworth


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tuned in concert The Tampa Theatre (Feb. 1987)

CHARLES WADSWORTH was recently extolled by The New York Times as The Man Behind the Chamber Music Boom. "The land is alive with professional chamber music groups, many thriving along the lines that Mr. Wadsworth laid out for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center," observed The Times. "Chamber music has become a force to reckon with in American culture." 

Mr. Wadsworth received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano under Rosalyn Tureck; he also studied vocal repertoire in Paris, Munich and New York. Those experiences would prepare him for a brilliant career as accompanist to such renowned vocal artists as Beverly Sills, whom he accompanied regularly, and Monserrat Caballe, Jan Peerce, Frederica von Stade, Shirley Verrett and Dietrich Fisher Dieskau, with whom he premiered songs he had commissioned from Samuel Barber. Mr. Wadsworth takes special pleasure in collaborating with extraordinary young artists. 

Mr. Wadsworth's identification with chamber music began in 1960 when, at the invitation of Gian Carlo Menotti, he created and hosted the Chamber Music Series at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Seventeen years later he founded a similar series at Spoleto/USA, where Mr. Wadsworth continues to appear as pianist and host. 

In 1965 Mr. Wadsworth was asked by William Schuman, President of Lincoln Center, for ideas about a chamber music constituent to reside in the new hall being built for chamber music. When it became clear that the ideas of the two men were completely harmonious, Mr. Wadsworth was invited to head the new organization, and Alice Tully became its chairman. Under Mr. Wadsworth's stewardship, the Chamber Music Society gave more than 1,000 performances and performed more than 700 works by more than 200 composers. Sixty-five of these works were commissioned by the Society.

 Mr. Wadsworth has appeared frequently on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center; one of those programs received an Emmy Award, and a Christmas special with Wynton Marsalis was nominated for another. Mr. Wadsworth was the subject of a profile on ABC's 20/20. ." 

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