[ Alumni Announcement ]
Tanya Bannister (Norfolk ’99) Named President of Concert Artist Guild
Concert Artists Guild has announced the appointment of pianist Tanya Bannister (Norfolk ’99) as President of CAG effective July 1, 2018. She will succeed Richard S. Weinert who is stepping down on June 30 after 18 years.
A 2013 CAG competition winner and board member since 2015, Bannister expressed enthusiasm upon learning of her appointment: “I have a long-standing and deep connection with CAG’s programs and core values. I feel not only a passion for the mission of the organization but also an embodiment of the core values that CAG has instilled in me.”
Born to an English father and Japanese mother, Bannister started her musical education in Hong Kong and continued in London, Italy, Germany and the USA. She holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London under Christopher Elton and Hamish Milne, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.
Bannister is the co-founder of Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik in Austria as well as co-founder of Roadmaps Festival in New York City. With a history of philanthropy, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which occurred soon after Bannister won the New Orleans International Piano Competition, she joined forces with three previous winners to form “Pianists for New Orleans.” They performed together across the US to achieve their ambitious mission to raise $100,000 to help support the classical music community of New Orleans.
Since its founding in 1951, CAG has helped more than 500 young musicians launch concert careers. Winners of CAG’s annual competition receive comprehensive management support, including a debut recital on the CAG Presents Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, concert bookings, opportunities through the CAG Commissioning Program and CAG Records label, marketing, publicity and mentorship.