Todd Skrabanek is a pianist, accompanist, and composer well known in the Atlanta area for his sight reading, technical command and sensitivity. He was found to have perfect pitch at age 8, and under the instruction of William Noll III won or placed in the Atlanta Music Club, Atlanta Steinway Society, Young Keyboard Artists Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs piano competitions while in high school. He graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, studying under Susan Starr, having won the UArts Concerto Competition with Beethoven 2nd and the Upper Darby Piano Competition. He attained his Master’s from GSU under Cary Lewis, and while there performed Stravinsky Rite of Spring (for 2 pianos), Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Liszt Transcendental Etudes. He has been coached by John Perry, Robert Levin, Ian Hobsen, Misha Dichter, Leonard Shure, and Yehoved Kaplinsky, and jazz with Ted Howe.
In Atlanta he has accompanied or played for the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, the Atlanta Opera, Choral Guild of Atlanta, Capitol City Opera, Dorsey Schools of the Performing Arts, the Choraliers of the Candler School of Theology, Meridian Herald, and Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. As Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal he composed over 60 Psalm Responses and a Passion Cantata. He served as staff accompanist at Agnes Scott and Reinhardt Colleges. In the 2000’s he accompanied the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, performances including 8 critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall concerts and 3 collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also was pianist for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra conducted by Justin Brown and a substitute pianist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, playing under Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, John Adams, Pinchas Zuckerman, Emanuel Krevine, Charles Dutoit, and Roberto Abbado. In 2011 He accompanied the Robert Shaw Choral Workshop in preparations of the Berlioz Requiem with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Carnegie Hall.
As a soloist he has performed Chopin Etudes Op. 10, Stravinsky Petrouchka, and Schumann Fantasy in C major among others (see repertoire list) and in 2012 gave the SE premiere of and recorded Andrew Rudin’s 12-tone Museum Pieces (see YouTube). In 2013-14 he composed church anthems on Psalms 23, 33, 51, 67, and 100. His Ruminations for viola de gamba and piano was recently selected as a winner in the Call For Scores by gambist David Arceci. He likes yoga, reading and sports, and enjoys doing transcriptions of recordings into Finale, weddings, private functions, and custom recordings.
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