Communicative, sharply observant, and deeply personal.
An absolute inspiration... dedication and openness to discovery of life.

Prescott is "fully committed and strong," "encompassing the range of the spectrum without trying to."  Her "wild and somewhat twisted dreamscapes," are the result of a well-worn classical straight-jacket, unraveling at the seams: performance that is vulnerable, dangerous, beautiful, and honest.

Photo credit: Erika Kapin photography

Biography

Mary Prescott is an interdisciplinary artist and composer who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance.

A 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House (NY), Prescott’s solo works and collaborations include her online sound journal, Where We Go When (2011/12); Hook & Eye (2013/14), performance with visual artist Angela Costanzo Paris; Nocecrepa (2015), music for visual artist Thereska Gregor and dancers from the SEAD Academy of Salzburg; and Islander (current), performance with multidisciplinary artist Sugar Vendil.

Prescott performs at venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, Abrons Art Center, National Sawdust, and MacPhail Center for Music, as well as eclectic, independent, and experimental stages. She has performed in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Josip Kasman Festival in Croatia, Opensound Series in Boston, and others. She appears in the documentary film, Prelude to Debussy. Prescott’s current performance season includes her original improvised piano solo, ALICE.

Named a 2016 Emerging Leader by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and head of the piano and chamber music departments for several years. She has been on faculties worldwide, including the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and Great Neck Music Conservatory. She is a guest clinician, lecturer and adjudicator at events throughout the United States.

Prescott holds piano performance degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).