Charles Wadsworth is a classical pianist and musical promoter from Newnan, Georgia. Recognized for his abilities at a young age, at age 12 he started taking piano lessons from Hugh Hodgson, namesake of the University of Georgia's music school. Wadsworth gained international renown in 1960 by originating the Midday Concerts at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. He also started the chamber music concert series at the Spoleto Festival USA, which he directs, performed at and hosted thru 2009.
In 1969, Wadsworth performed the opening concerts at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He led the series for twenty seasons, commissioning new works by Pierre Boulez, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, among others. He also presented many young performers, including Kathleen Battle, Richard Goode, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Pinchas Zukerman and Jessye Norman.
He has a wife and one son.
White House performances
Wadsworth has received awards from the French Government as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, and from Italy as a Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit. He has also received the Handel Medallion for his contributions to the cultural life of the City of New York.
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