The current focus of Mr. Kraus’ solo work is a series of programs featuring pieces from “The Golden Age of the Piano” to be performed in recital as well as recorded. In his own words, “I was extremely fortunate to have been accepted as a student by David Saperton in the last months of his life in New York City. I absolutely loved his playing. Experiencing it in the intimacy of his studio was, for me, an initiation into a way of playing the piano that had been lost as well as an introduction to a genre of wonderfully beautiful and interesting music that had fallen out of fashion. I want, as much as it is possible, to bring the experience of that type of music and music making to contemporary audiences. I truly love that music, and when and wherever I share it with people, they have responded with great enthusiasm”.
Mr. Kraus has performed as a soloist across the U.S., Europe, and Asia in recitals. He has been a performing participant in master classes with Peter Feuchtwanger and Leon Fleisher. In Spring 2009, he performed as featured soloist with The Mantovani Orchestra on their Spring tour of China.
Mr. Kraus is recognized for his work as an accomplished and sensitive collaborator, working with singers and instrumentalists in concerts around the greater Washington, DC area as well as for his work coaching emerging performers. In July 2010 he returned for his third year on staff as a coach at the Crittenden Summer Opera Studio in Chevy Chase, MD, and in April 2011 he joins Soprano, Mary Gresock, in an opera outreach program for Ash Lawn Opera.
Mr. Kraus holds degrees from Boston University (B.M.) and East Carolina University (M.M.), and has studied with Peter Feuchtwanger, Lily Kraus, David Saperton, Ward Davenny, Bela Nagy and chamber music with Artur Balsam.
Mr. Kraus is former Instructor of Music and Staff Accompanist at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he accompanied recitals and appeared as a soloist with the University Wind Ensemble playing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds.