Described as "brilliant" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco-based pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to connecting with new audiences as performer, presenter, and educator. Allegra has performed as soloist and chamber musician at prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, and China, including Alice Tully Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Bard Music Festival, the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest, San Francisco Jazz Center, and Xi'an Concert Hall in Xi'an, China. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and KALW San Francisco.
An avid chamber musician, Allegra performs regularly with UC Berkeley's Eco Ensemble, Left Coast Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and in Chordless, a duo with soprano Sara LeMesh. She has collaborated with members of International Contemporary Ensemble and the Eusebius, Orion, and Telegraph String Quartets.
Allegra is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. She is founding artistic codirector and executive director of Bard Music West, a new San Francisco music festival that explores the worlds of contemporary and 20th-century composers. From 2019-2021, she serves as a resident curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Allegra has worked with composers Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen and premiered the works of many young composers. In 2012, Allegra’s unusual collaboration with Yamaha Disklavier and The Juilliard School’s Center for Innovation in the Arts was the subject of a feature article and video in the Wall Street Journal.
As an educator, Allegra has coached chamber music ensembles at many institutions, including San Francisco State University and Xi’an Conservatory of Music. Her student ensembles have received top prizes in regional and national competitions. Allegra is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College division and MTSY Studio in Xi’an China.
Allegra received her MM from The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Larson, Goldberg, and Rosenman scholarships. She graduated in the inaugural class of the Bard Conservatory of Music’s double-degree program with degrees in history and piano performance. Allegra owes much to her many wonderful teachers who include Joseph Bloom, Jeremy Denk, Seymour Lipkin, Sharon Mann, Julian Martin, John McCarthy, and Peter Serkin.
Photo by Kevin Fryer, 2018
But the glorious main point of the evening was Eastman’s “Gay Guerrilla,” a 30-minute tour de force of technique and expressive intensity. In a fervid but impeccably controlled rendition by pianists Kate Campbell and Allegra Chapman, the composer’s ingenious bravado came to the fore.
–Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
“The level of musicianship all evening was extraordinary, and the playing of pianist Allegra Chapman…was particularly astonishing.”
–Michael Strickland, San Francisco Civic Center Blog
“Chapman play[ed] the concluding piano cadenza brilliantly.”
– Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice