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Fredericka King, pianist, has been praised for her lyricism, expressiveness, beautiful warmth of tone and dazzling technical control. These gifts are further enhanced by her deeply sensitive musical instincts and her wide ranging musical interests. Her programs feature an exciting variety of repertoire, played with expertise and artistic conviction.


Critics and audiences both have lauded her recitals, performed in the United States, Europe and South America. The New York Times complimented her debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall for its "straightforward style and verve".


Miss King's solo performances in Boston have included recitals at historic Jordan Hall, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the African Meeting House on the Black Heritage Trail.


She has appeared as soloist with several New England orchestras and has been the featured artist of radio broadcasts on stations such as WVPR in Vermont, WGBH in Boston, and WGMS in Washington, D.C.


She was invited to perform at the Black American Music Symposium at the University of Michigan, the American Women Composers Conference at Boston University, and has presented programs celebrating Black History Month at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Southeastern Massachusetts University, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College.


In addition to her acclaimed solo recitals, she has performed on numerous programs as pianist and accompanist for the National Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the US and in Spain. She is also a founding member of the group La Femme, La Femme, dedicated to the performance of chamber and solo works by women composers.


Fredericka's recitals include the unique "Performance Plus!" thematic programs in which she speaks informally about composers, their lives and musical-historical times, and the works she will perform. Extensively knowledgeable in Classical and American music, history and art, she is highly articulate and skillfully balances serious musical information with personal insights, and a touch of humor. Many concert-goers have expressed delight and appreciation after these programs, mentioning how much the introductions increased their enjoyment of the music as they listened.


Fredericka King's interest in special areas of music has prompted her work in developing programs such as "The American Way", a series of four concerts of American vocal and instrumental music. Showcasing the works of greats such as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and introducing music by women composers and African American composers, the recitals were performed at Bostons Colonial-era Old South Meeting House.


Her piano recitals regularly feature works by American composers Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Charles Ives, William Bolcom, Amy Beach, and African-American composers such as Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Scott Joplin, George Walker and William Grant Still.


Her discography includes "A Born Pianist", a recording of solo repertoire by Classical and American composers, a three disc set titled "Piano Classics for Young Listeners" which she designed and produced, "Chamber music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor" with the Coleridge Ensemble, and one of solo and vocal works by American women, "Hooray for the Ladies!", recorded live, in concert, with the group American Classics..


Fredericka has received degrees from Boston Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and studied in the Doctoral program at Boston University. She was awarded a Teaching Diploma by the Royal College of Music in London, England and also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.


Miss King is a member of the piano faculty at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, teaching young students and adult piano classes. In addition, she maintains a busy private teaching studio. She has taught Music History at Emerson College for a number of years and was recently appointed Music-Historian in Residence.