Praised for his “dazzlingly prodigious technique,” “intense commitment,” and “rich imagination,” Haskell Small’s career has spanned the repertoire and the globe. Small has released over a dozen recordings and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, at the Spoleto Festival and much more. He has toured regularly in Japan, South America and Europe and his work has been commissioned by The Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony, and many others. Small has taught piano and composition at the Washington Conservatory of Music for the past 25 years and served as the head of the piano department for most of those years. Most recently, in 2021, he released an album of the 6 Bach Partitas.

In February 2021 Small suffered a debilitating stroke which left him with the inability to use the left side of his body—including, critically, his left hand. Even while still in the hospital, Small was determined to keep making music and slowly developed a program of original arrangements played entirely with his right hand, including his own composition entitled, “Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete”. Small has worked determinedly to regain the use of his left hand and as those abilities return, his playing continues to evolve alongside his recovering health. Small has dubbed this new phase in his career, “A Celebration of Healing,” and looks forward to sharing his inspirational journey with music audiences around the world. To this end, while continuing to publicly perform his right hand alone program, Small plans to tour in the 2022-23 season with a new program for both hands that will include a new composition, "Etude for Two Hands.” In addition, Small is gradually working towards performing Beethoven’s challenging Diabelli Variations—a life-long dream— and plans to tour with this monumental work in the 2023-24 season.