Dalton Baldwin, professor of accompanying and coaching at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, worked with many of the great singers of our time: Gerard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Jessye Norman, Theresa Berganza, Frederica von Stade, Nicolai Gedda and Jose van Dam. He also played for instrumentalists such as Henryk Szeryng, Pierre Fournier and the Via Nova Quartet. Mr. Baldwin was permanent pianist of Gérard Souzay for over three decades, during which time they toured extensively on five continents and made numerous prize-winning recordings. Several of these have recently been released on compact disc to critical acclaim. The New York Times review of April 1995 cited their partnership as a “musical marriage made in heaven.”
In addition to his duties at Westminster and busy accompanying schedule, Mr. Baldwin gave master classes throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, directing much of his energy towards discovering and developing the talents of young musicians. He considered the term “accompaniment” misleading. It was, in his opinion, a subtle and fascinating art form that strives for a perfect synthesis of music, poetry and the artist’s personalities.
A native of Summit, New Jersey, Dalton Baldwin studied at the Juilliard School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. He continued his studies in Europe with Nadia Boulanger and Madeleine Lipatti and frequented the classes of Walter Gieseking and Alfred Cortot. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from Oberlin College and received the title Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.