Country: United States
Date of Birth: May 6, 1998
School: The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Teacher: Steven Spooner
Halle, up-and-coming concert pianist, made her orchestral debut with the Abilene Philharmonic
Orchestra at the age of sixteen after winning first prize in the Nelda Hodges Young
Artist Competition. Since then, she has performed throughout the United States and
in Europe and has been a featured soloist with professional orchestras, including
the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Virtuosi Brunensis Orchestra,
McCall Festival Orchestra, and Round Rock Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she performed
Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto as returning guest artist with Maestro David Itkin
and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.
Halle’s music has taken her across borders to France, where, as a participant in the
French Piano Music Tour, she had the opportunity to study French music and culture,
as well as perform in a musicale at Château des Faugs, the ancestral home of famous
composer Vincent D’Indy. As recipient of the Texas State International Piano Festival’s
Betty Dickinson Award, Halle was invited to perform at the Blanco Performing Arts
Center. She was Grand Prize winner of the McKinney Young Artist Competition and has
won awards in the Weatherford International Piano Competition, Texas State International
Piano Festival Concerto Competition, and Texas Music Teachers Association’s student
affiliate competitions. At the age of 12, Halle performed on National Public Radio’s
“From the Top”.
Halle’s music has also established her locally. She is the daughter of concert pianists
and can remember being surrounded by Classical music from a very young age. She and
her parents presented a benefit recital, “Pucketts at the Pianos” for the Abilene
Philharmonic Orchestra at Abilene, Texas’ Historic Paramount Theatre. The innovative
and eclectic program included a variety of musical styles and combinations of pianos/hands.
She has had lessons and/or performed in master classes with renowned artists, including
Misha Dichter, Pascal Rogé, Ilana Vared, Cecile Licad, Julian Martin, Richard Goode,
and Gary Graffman.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from Texas
Christian University, where she studied with John Owings. She was awarded the School
of Music’s prestigious Nordan Piano Scholarship, Lili Kraus and Spitler Scholarships,
and TCU Academic Scholarship. Halle finds joy in collaborating with her colleagues
and was recipient of the Judith Solomon Piano Award for her achievements in Chamber
Music at TCU. In addition to performing, she also enjoys the art of pedagogy and was
recently awarded a Graduate Assistantship of Keyboard Studies at Peabody Institute,
where she is a Masters student studying with Dr. Steven Spooner.