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Composer, pianist, singer and actor Ross Avant, formerly of Dilley, will make his debut this winter in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on December 10.
The event will also mark the world premiere of Avant’s Piano Sonata No. 1 as he will perform compositions from his forthcoming album, Pieces for Solo Piano.
Avant, who lives in New York but spent the first fifteen years of his life in Dilley, is a protégé of the legendary American jazz musician Jim Cullum.
Avant has worked on various television shows and films including HBO’s Succession, The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy, The Irishman directed by Martin Scorsese, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Trial of the Chicago 7 written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. He has also composed music for the theatre including two productions at The City Theatre Company (Austin), Cyrano de Bergerac (directed by Jeff Hinkle) and The Taming of the Shrew (directed by Levi Gore).
Pieces for Solo Piano, recorded by two-time Grammy Award winning recording engineer Brian Losch, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2022 and marks Avant’s first foray into recording his concert work.
Avant’s concert music is described as ‘an intricate admixture of minimalism, pop, serialism, jazz and improvisation’.
Focused previously primarily on his popular music, he recorded his first EP, Dream of Surrender (produced by Mark Sinko), and his sophomore album, entitled Running Across America (Ted Young), was released in the fall of 2019.
Having been inspired by a performed by Elton John on VH1, Avant began studying the piano soon after. A seasoned cornetist and trumpeter, he made his debut performing with the world-renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band a few years later at age 15 at the jazz club The Landing. At 24, he made his professional acting debut at The Playhouse in San Antonio as Tom/Jim in the SA premiere of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Clybourne Park.
Avant has degrees in religion and philosophy from Trinity University (BA) and the University of Edinburgh (MSc). He is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, BMI, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Society of Composers Inc., The Ivors Academy, and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. He lives and works in Manhattan.
He is the son of Jeffry W. Avant and is managed by Èvois Management and signed to St. Magnus Records.
Tickets for the event, which begins at 8 p.m., can be purchased at carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, or alternatively Carnegie Hall’s box office at 57th St. and Seventh Ave. in New York.