John Root is currently the collaborative pianist for the studio of Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Mr. Root also works as a freelance artist in the New York area. He began his studies at age 9, entered the North Carolina School of the Arts at 15, and four years later moved to Philadelphia to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky, first at the Peabody Institute and then at Juilliard where he received his master’s degree in 1995. He won the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 1993 and went on to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall in April 1994. He has also been awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center for the summers of 1992 and 1993.
In addition to performing the standard classical and romantic repertoire, John Root has a special affinity for contemporary music and has featured works of Schoenberg, Messiaen and Berio, among others, on his programs. In the summer of 1996 he gave two recitals of modern French works on the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden series. During the 1996-97 season he joined the Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic for performances of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony in Pittsburgh and Boston, and appeared with New York’s Riverside Symphony at Alice Tully Hall for the Schoenberg Piano Concerto. Mr. Root was also the piano soloist for the Juilliard Orchestra’s November 1998 performance of the Turangalila Symphony conducted by David Robertson at Avery Fisher Hall. In 1999 his season included a debut recital tour of Japan, a recital at Ravinia’s Rising Star series, as well as performances with the Stamford Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
From 1997 through 2005 Mr. Root was on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music festival. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at Princeton University from 1997 through 2001 and is currently on the faculty of The Perlman Music Program.