Raised in Fayetteville, Texas, 21-year-old pianist Noah Alden Hardaway has attended festivals throughout the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers (where he performed with the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante), the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida, PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz in New York, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, the Texas State International Piano Festival, and the Adamant and Kinhaven Music Schools in Vermont. Noah was a finalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition and a semifinalist at both the Julia Crane and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competitions. He received scholarships for two years from Music Doing Good, a Houston-based organization devoted to expanding the role of music in local communities.
After studying for four years with Clive Swansbourne, Noah began his studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2014 with Robert Roux, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in piano performance with a double major in musicology. Noah currently studies with Tali Morgulis and works regularly with Vadym Kholodenko and Jon Kimura Parker. Additionally, John O’Conor has been a mentor since 2012, and Noah has traveled to Toronto, Colorado, Virginia, Vermont, and Texas to develop their unique working relationship. Interests outside of music include photography, political activism, and wilderness adventures.