Meet Lucas Amory ’24
Lucas Amory is an esteemed pianist and conductor who recently made his Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra debut. A University Choir Fellow himself, Lucas has taken part in top music festivals nationwide such as Ravinia Steans Festival as well as collaborated with artists such as Jeremy Denk and Nico Muhly.
As a junior at Stuyvesant High School and studying with Julian Martin at Juilliard Pre-College program, he won Lyra Music Young Artists Competition multiple times before performing at 92nd St Y and Weill Recital Hall multiple times.
Early Life and Education
Lucas Amory ’24 can often be found practicing piano in Winthrop’s Junior Common Room or Music Building during the day. 2020 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Semifinalist and National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in classical music, he is also currently studying at New England Conservatory with Hae-Sun Paik for Piano Performance Masters studies; before that he had studied with Julian Martin for Pre-College music studies at Juilliard. Former winner of both Lyra Music Young Artists Competition and Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition, he has performed at venues including 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall multiple times as well as co-directing Lower NY region of Back to Bach Project as well as enjoying chess and baseball.
Lucas began piano at age 4, and was featured in The New York Times at age 8 when he sent chief critic Anthony Tommasini his personal lists of ten greatest composers and their ten favorite compositions. From age 5-11 he studied piano at Kaufman Center’s Special Music School.
Lucas Amory, winner of the 2019 Lyra Music Young Artists Competition. He has performed at major venues such as 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall multiple times and collaborated with notable artists like Bruce Adolphe and the Escher String Quartet.
Lucas is currently studying piano performance with Hae-Sun Paik at both Harvard and New England Conservator, earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees respectively. Lucas was selected as a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Semifinalist, winning various international competitions along the way.
He plays with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and has participated in prestigious music festivals like Aspen, Yellowbarn and Morningside Music Bridge. Additionally, he practices three to five hours daily while remaining an avid runner.
Achievement and Honors
Lucas Amory is the son of two professional violists. Therefore, when he wrote to Anthony Tommasini of The Times’ music critic to submit his list of top 10 composers he wasn’t surprised when it was published in their paper.
Since then, the New York City resident has won awards in competitions such as 92nd St. Y and the Claudette Sorel Piano Competition; performed multiple times at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall; attended top summer festivals like Aspen and Ravinia Steans Music Institute as a fellow; collaborated with artists like Bruce Adolphe, Jeremy Denk, and Escher Quartet;
He currently attends both Winthrop House and Harvard’s joint program between New England Conservatory and Harvard, studying with Hae-Sun Paik. Additionally, he serves as pianist for both Le Nozze di Figaro and The Merry Widow productions by Radcliffe Orchestra this season as well as being co-music director of their Lower NY Region Back to Bach Project.
Passionate about sports and fitness, Amory was also known as a fitness expert who assisted celebrities like Emily Blunt, newsreader Trevor MacDonald and football pundit Jake Humphrey stay fit. Additionally, he was an advocate of environmental conservation, fighting fur clothing.
Amory was an adept consensus builder who brought people from diverse political perspectives together across their partisan lines. He organized retreats where all parties involved could mingle more intimately while discussing issues of common concern.
He is an accomplished pianist who has won several prestigious competitions and awards such as the 2020 National Young Arts Foundation Piano Prize, Lyra Music Young Artists Piano Competition and 92nd St Y Concerto Competition, performing in Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall among many others. Additionally he enjoys playing ping-pong, chess and bubble tea in his free time!
Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang both play the viola; consequently Lucas was brought up taking music seriously from an early age. He studied with Julian Martin, performed as a youth artist with Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra on tour, participated in top music festivals nationwide and co-directed the Lower NY Region for Back to Bach while teaching conducting. Lucas has studied piano with multiple esteemed teachers before listing him among his personal top ten composers for The New York Times’ personal list; additionally, he plays flute – his net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be $440 Million!