Dick has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National
Symphony and many major orchestras, with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin,
Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist and Verrot. In chamber
music, he has been guest soloist with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Parisii, Ravel, Debussy and
Cassatt quartets and the Dorian and Moragues wind quintets, concertizing as well with Yo-Yo
Ma, Regis Pasquier, Young Uck Kim, Raphael Hillyer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Martin Lovett,
Andrew Marriner, Guy Deplus and Carol Wincenc.
James Dick has received numerous honors and commendations, including the Texas Medal
of Arts, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and Honorary
Associate of London's Royal Academy of Music.
He is a fervent supporter of new music, having commissioned Benjamin Lees, Dan Welcher,
Malcolm Hawkins and Chinary Ung to write, respectively, "Etudes", "Shiva's Drum",
"Rasmandala" and "Rising Light" for piano and orchestra. On February 1998, James Dick
premiered "Flight of Passage: From Silent Sun to Starry Night" by Claude Baker. This piece is
inspired by poems by Walt Whitman. It was performed in New York (Alice Tully Hall), Paris
(Salle Gaveau) and London (Purcell Room).
In addition to his schedule as a world-renowned guest artist, James Dick in 1971 established
the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas to nurture and incubate aspiring young
musicians. The institute (today operated under The James Dick Foundation for the Performing
Arts) has grown from a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square of
Round Top to a 210-acre European-styled campus where distinguished faculty each year
teach nearly 100 young artists and the Festival Institute provides year-round education and
performance programs for audiences.
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