“Flawlessly poised,elegant and brilliant” The New York Times
“A sensual gourmand of sound” Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande
“awesome technique and musicianship.” The Washington Post
“A keyboard poet, thoughtful interpreter, folkloric colorist, and a technician capable of meeting the challenges head on.” The Los Angeles Times
“A house-afire performer!” The Cincinnati Post
Eric Himy is one of those pianists whose performances are rare gems. He has been hailed as a throwback to another era, a colorist with a technique that transcends normal barriers in the pursuit of the rare magical combination of music with meaning, yet alive with visceral energy, passion and he excels in exploiting the resources of the instrument to create something totally new and out of the ordinary going beyond the score.
His playing has been described by The New York Times as “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.” His compelling artistry has intrigued audiences around the world. The Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande compared him to the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz calling him “a sensual gourmand of sound.” He has played to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, South America, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Slovenia. Mr. Himy has been heard most notably at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Frick Collection, The Phillips Collection, Teatro Amazonas, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris and on NPR “Performance Today. A champion of contemporary composers, Mr. Himy commissioned “Gargoyles” by the American composer Lowell Liebermann and played its world premiere at his debut recital in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Himy began piano studies at age six, giving his first concert at age 10. He was guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and at 19 he made his National Symphony Orchestra debut under Hugh Wolf performing as well as with conductors Serge Baudo, Kenneth Schermerhorn and with Antoni Wit, who was making his American debut. He went on to win numerous competitions and awards including the Gold Medal at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris.
His Schumann CD was picked by BBC as a CD of the year which resulted in invitation to perform in Bayreuth at the Steingraeber House in 2010. Lavish praise has been given as well for his Ravel, Debussy, Liszt and Gershwin CDs. In Malta, at the historic Manoel Theater, The Times critic wrote: “Few who were at the Manoel Theatre on Sunday will ever forget this American gentleman’s recital. It will remain one of the years’ highlights and probably many more to come.” The Los Angeles Times called him: “a keyboard poet and colorist” and The New York Times described him as: “Flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.”
Himy studied biochemistry and music at the University of Maryland, and received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Thomas Schumacher, Adele Marcus and Josef Villa.
He was featured on the cover of Clavier and in Musical Opinion. Eric was invited by the Bernstein family to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein in a Gala concert at the 2008 Lukas Foss Music
In 2013, Mr. Himy performed with Saint Petersburg State Symphony in Russia under Vladimir Lande who re-invited him in 2014 to perform the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.
He also performed in 2014 with Jorge Lezdema Bradley in Panama with the NSO at the National Teatro and at the Pietrasanta Music Festival in Italy.