Praised by the Boston Globe for her “subtlety and insight,” pianist Anne Kissel is sought after as a chamber musician and song recitalist. A frequent performer of new music, Kissel has premiered works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, and Daniel Pinkham and has been heard in Boston’s Jordan Hall, live on Boston’s WGBH, at the American Music Center in Boulder, Colorado, throughout the southern United States, and in Germany. Kissel is a cofounder and frequent performer with the Florestan Recital Project, whose recent programs have included an American Vanguard Festival featuring premieres by composers Thea Musgrave and Stephen Paulus, and a festival of the complete songs of Samuel Barber presented at Tufts University. Kissel has been a member of Boston’s Radius Ensemble, an innovative chamber group performing works from the traditional to the cutting edge, and has performed with Opera Boston’s contemporary opera festival Opera Unlimited, at Rochester’s Women in Music Festival, at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Boston’s Goethe Institute, and at the Gorki Theater, Berlin. She can be heard performing works of Daniel Pinkham on the Arsis label, and on the first volume of The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, recently released by Florestan Records.
Kissel received her Doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music where she was honored with the C. Eschenbach Award and the Excellence in Accompanying Award. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship, she has studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. As a solo pianist, Kissel received her Masters degree from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music degree as a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia in her hometown of Athens. Her teachers have included Jean Barr, Randall Hodgkinson, Evelyne Brancart, André Marchand, and Richard Zimdars.
Kissel has been an instructor of piano at Indiana University, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Boston’s Community Music Center in the South End. While residing in Boston, Kissel was actively involved in educational outreach performance in Boston’s inner city schools and at schools throughout New England with such groups as the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Boston. Kissel is coordinator of the new Masters in Collaborative Piano program at SUNY Fredonia, where she also teaches piano and piano pedagogy.