Pianist Andrew Tyson doesn't play rock 'n' roll, but he is a budding rock star on the classical circuit. The Durham native established himself at a young age as a musician unafraid to stray outside convention and into improvisational territory with the standard repertoire. Yet he has still won an impressive number of accolades in competitions to become a rising star at age 27. Just out is his first album, "Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28" (Zig-Zag Territories), a lovely collection of idiosyncratic interpretations. He's back in the Triangle this month for a series of performances, including Sunday at Durham's Carolina Theatre with Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle ( carolinatheatre.org); Nov. 14 at Meredith College's Carswell Recital Hall in Raleigh as part of the inaugural Paderewski Piano Festival ( paderewski-festival.org); and Nov. 16 at the church he grew up in, Durham's St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, with violinist Nicholas Kitchen ( ststephens.instantencore.com).