Althea Waites

althea waites

Internationally acclaimed American pianist Althea Waites has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist.

In addition to performances on concert stages around the world, she has also participated in numerous festivals as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and ensemble coach, including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Yale Summer Festival at Norfolk, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Idyllwild Arts Festival in Southern California and as guest artist for the National Arts Festival at Grahamstown on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Althea Waites’ albums features 3 world premieres : 

“Romantic Passacaglia on a Twelve Tone Theme” by Margaret Meier,

“Metropolitan Express”, by Jeremiah Evans, and “Philadelphia Diary” by Curt Cacioppo.
The Evans piece was written for and dedicated to Althea Waites, and the final work on the album, “Fantasy-Choruses on This Little Light of Mine” by Cacioppo, was also written for Althea. It is a stunning virtuoso piece with considerable musical and technical demands for the pianist.


althea waites

PianoLife Stories

Internationally acclaimed American pianist Althea Waites tells parts of her life story through the simultaneous discovery of music. Waites has said that she has been on a “crusade” to perform music by Black women composers.

moon room

In the Moon Room

Everlasting, steadfast beacon, she moves in phases of renewal. The moon. We stand in her sanctuary.