Christopher Cano

Christopher Cano

Christopher Cano, Pianist


A seasoned recitalist, orchestra soloist and collaborative pianist, Mr. Cano has performed throughout the US, Mexico, Israel, Europe and the Far East.


Having maintained his private studio in New York City since 2002, Mr. Cano has prepared singers for appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scalla, Chicago Lyric Opera, and orchestral appearances with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic among others.


As a collaborative artist, he has played in the Master Classes of Licia Albanese, Fedora Barbieri, Anna Moffo, Lauren Flannigan, Martin Katz, Craig Rutenberg, and Suzanne Mentzer. Mr. Cano has also played for the master classes of Marilyn Horne in New York City at Carnegie Hall. As a studio pianist, Mr. Cano has had the distinct privilege of working with some of the great artists and teachers of singing including Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti, Marni Nixon, Patricia McCaffrey, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Rita Shane and Diana Soviero.


Mr. Cano has been a member of the music staff at the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Isle, France, Toledo Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others.


As a collaborative pianist, Mr. Cano has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and on WQXR, NPR, and KUAT radio. Mr. Cano made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in the 2017/18 season.


In recital, Mr. Cano has partnered with some of today’s most promising vocal talent including Matthew Polenzani, Susan Graham and Jennifer Johnson Cano.


In 2017, Mr. Cano was appointed as the Head of Music and Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio of Arizona Opera and promoted to the position of Director of Artistic Operations in 2022.


Mr. Cano currently holds the position of Director of the Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative of Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.