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Concerts & Events

Adam Tendler | All-Cage Piano Recital
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm
Adam Tendler | All-Cage Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

“New music evangelist” (Time Out New York) and “virtuoso pianist” (Village Voice) Adam Tendler returns to PianoForte with an all-Cage program, including Suite for Toy Piano, The Perilous Night, The Seasons, Dream, In the Name of the Holocaust, and Cage’s 1969 minimalist masterpiece, Cheap Imitation, performed from memory.

Adam Tendler has been called “a virtuoso pianist” by The Village Voice, a “musical mastermind” by the Houston Press, “an exuberantly expressive pianist” who “vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase” by The Los Angeles Times, a “quietly charismatic…intrepid…outstanding…maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a “modern-music evangelist” by Time Out New York, and a pianist who “has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all,” by The Baltimore Sun, which continued, “if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all.” New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini reported that Tendler played an outdoor performance of John Cage’s music “captivatingly,” and that “the wondrously subdued sounds silenced many, who listened closely even as street bustle and chirping birds blended in.” London critic Frances Wilson described Tendler’s memorized performance of Morton Feldman’s Palais de Mari as “a concentrated listening experience…meditative, intense and beautifully poised.” And the new music blog, “i care if you listen,” described Tendler’s recent performance at The Kitchen in New York City as “virtuosic… eerie… agonizing… distressing.”

Tendler has performed solo recitals in all fifty United States, including engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, Symphony Space, National Sawdust, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Rothko Chapel, Joyce Theatre, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Maverick Concert Hall, Joe’s Pub, The Fisher Center at Bard College, The Rubin Museum, and James Turrell’s Skypace in Sarasota Florida, its first musical performer. The music publisher C.F. Peters, recently asked Tendler to perform and speak about a number of composers, including John Cage, for their digital music app, Tido, making Tendler the first artist to record Cage’s music for a digital score-reading platform. Tendler’s own memoir, 88×50, about his grassroots fifty-state recital tour, was a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award Nominee. 2015 saw the release of his premiere recording of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little Preludes for piano, and will record an album of works by Robert Palmer in 2018 for New World records. Tendler lives in New York City and serves on the faculty of Greenwich House Music School and Third Street Music School Settlement, the country’s first community music school.

Schubertiade | Presented by the PianoForte Foundation
Jan 28 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Schubertiade | Presented by the PianoForte Foundation @ PianoForte Studios

The PianoForte Foundation will be hosting its annual Schubertiade, a celebration of Franz Schubert’s life and music.

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Die Schöne Müllerin

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM   | Schwanengesang

7:45 PM – 9:00 PM | Winterreise

This is a free event. Coffee and sweets will be served during breaks.

Musica Degenerata: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert | FREE EVENT
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Musica Degenerata: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert | FREE EVENT @ PianoForte Studios

On the Occasion of the 2018 International Holocaust Remembrance Day The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The American Jewish Committee, and PianoForte Foundation are pleased to present:

“Musica Degenerata”: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert, performed by Davide Casali, clarinetist, conductor and artistic director of the Viktor Ullmann Festival* in Trieste, Italy, and Elisa Frausin, pianist and first cello of the stable orchestra of the Ullmann Festival

This is a free event, but you must register to claim your seats. You can do that by clicking the Register button above or you can visit the Eventbrite page for registration and more information:

Vocaldente | A Cappella Concert
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Vocaldente | A Cappella Concert @ PianoForte Studios

Vocaldente is a German, a capella quintet that excites their audiences with purely vocal experiences unaided, unamplified and unadulterated.

Their music spans nearly every decade from the Charleston of the Golden Twenties to German Schlager to 50’s Rock’ n’ Roll to 70’s disco to the present day.

At times furiously fast-paced, sentimentally romantic, abysmally comical, or profoundly demanding, their performances combine perfect technical skill with original arrangements, moderations, and choreographies.

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Teddy Niedermaier | Piano Recital of Original Compositions
Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm
Teddy Niedermaier | Piano Recital of Original Compositions @ PianoForte Studios

Teddy Niedermaier, educator, composer and pianist, is an Associate Professor of Core Music Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He previously taught music theory at the Oberlin Conservatory, and has served on the faculty at the European American Musical Alliance summer program in Paris since 2006.

Teddy completed a Doctor of Music degree in Music Composition in 2010 from Indiana University, where he studied with Claude Baker and David Dzubay. He earned two degrees in Music Composition (Master of Music and Bachelor of Music) from The Juilliard School as a student of John Corigliano, Samuel Adler, and Robert Beaser.

Teddy has received commissions from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Jasper String Quartet, New Juilliard Ensemble, New York Classical Players, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Philomusica Chamber Orchestra of Minneapolis, Roosevelt University CCPA Wind Ensemble, Sheridan String Quartet, Sejong Cultural Society of Chicago, Gaudete Brass, Da Capo Chamber Alliance, Western Kentucky University, EAMA Chorale, and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Kosovo, Moldova, South Korea, and Japan. His music has aired multiple times on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM. In 2011 he was nominated for the annual composition competition of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

As composer and pianist, Teddy has collaborated with such established artists as Thomas Stacy (New York Philharmonic), Robert Walters (Cleveland Orchestra), Elaine Douvas (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Linda Strommen (Indiana University), Roger Roe (Indianapolis Symphony), April Clayton (Brigham Young University), Daniel Stolper (Interlochen Arts Center), Nicholas Stovall (National Symphony), Meng-Chieh Liu (Curtis Institute), Jennifer Berg (San Antonio Symphony), David Conte (San Francisco Conservatory), and Nathan Mills (Grant Park Festival Orchestra). Teddy publishes his own compositions as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Kurganov-Finehouse Duo in Concert
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
Kurganov-Finehouse Duo in Concert @ PianoForte Studios

Join the Central Synagogue of Chicago as they present a performance by internationally-acclaimed musicians Daniel Kurganov (violin) and Constantine Finehouse (piano). The program will feature everything from the intimacy of Chopin and Rachmaninoff to the deeply impassioned and life-affirming sounds of Cesar Franck in his famed Sonata for Violin and Piano. Throughout the evening, the duo will also speak about the “Golden Age” tradition of violin playing and The Violins of Hope Project, where violins recovered from the ghettos and concentration camps of WWII have been restored and can thrive once again, telling their story to the world through vibrant sounds.

Ernest Bloch
Nigun from “Baal Shem – Pictures of Hassidic Life”

~Short discussion of Ivry Gitlis and the legacy of the Golden Age of 20th century violin playing~

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Valse Sentimentale Op.51 No.6

Frédéric Chopin
Selection for Piano Solo (TBD)

~Short presentation on The Violins of Hope project~

John Williams
Schindler’s List Theme

Brief Intermission

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Не пой красавица (“Sing not, my beauty”)

César Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Daniel Kurganov, Violinist
Hailed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer his “empowered sound, penetrating colors and expert phrase shapes”, American Violinist Daniel Kurganov has emerged as a unique voice synthesizing musical values of different eras. In 2018, Daniel released his debut album (under the SpiceClassics Label) with pianist Constantine Finehouse. Having toured throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, last season included performances with the New Hampshire Philharmonic (as soloist), two concert tours of Japan, and a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2011, Daniel was invited by Maestros Shlomo Mintz and Rudolf Koelman to take part in The Violins of Hope project in Switzerland, Sion, where he had the honor of performing on a violin rescued from the Auschwitz Concentration camp. Daniel is as well a passionate teacher, holding a private studio in addition to various outreach engagements. He also curates a YouTube channel with 6 million viewers, writes for the Boston Musical Intelligencer on the topic of musical performance, and leads workshops and masterclasses internationally. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Daniel completed his Masters at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and also studied at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago. His most vital teachers have been Rudolf Koelman (protégé of Jascha Heifetz) and Ilya Kaler.

Constantine Finehouse, Pianist
Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his “interpretations of depth and maturity,” Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including in Salzburg, Trieste, London, St. Petersburg and Odessa. His album with cellist Sebastian Baverstäm features music by Brahms and Boston composer Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo release, “Backwards Glance,” interweaves works by Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. “The Bolcom Project”, made in collaboration with with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included an Albany Records 2-CD album and a national tour with concerts in Boston, New York, Denver, Santa Barbara, Spokane and at Yale University. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” 2018 will see the premiere of Bolcom’s Horn Trio with Ficsor and Steven Gross, a work commissined by the group. Finehouse’s recording of Bolcom’s piano solo works for Naxos Records was released earlier this year. During the recent seasons Finehouse has performed at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale, and Emory universities, and St. Vincent’s and Elmira colleges, among others. With degrees from Juilliard and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory, and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculy at Westmont College, CA.

Varshavski-Shaprio Piano Duo
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm
Varshavski-Shaprio Piano Duo @ PianoForte Studios


Mendelssohn (1809-1847), “Andante and Allegro Brillante”, op.92

Allegro Brillante in A Major is written for one piano four hand and was dedicated to Clara Schumann. The first premier was in March 1841 in Leipzig one week after completion of the piece. The first performers were Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck. Andante is a singing work and reminds Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words for solo piano. Allegro has a very opposite character. It is exuberant and bouncy with playful staccato patterns and with composer’s familiar scherzo-style brilliancy. The atmosphere alternates with a lyrical and singing secondary theme.  The Allegro Brillante never fails to bring a friendly smile. When Mendelssohn wanted to publish both parts in 1851, a publisher left out the Andante. The Andante was published only in 1994.

Rachmaninoff (1870- 1943), Suite for Two Pianos # 2, Op. 17

The Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 17, was one of Rachmaninoff’s first works after the three-year near-silence after the failure of his First Symphony in 1897. Rachmaninoff completed it in April 1901. The work manifests confidence and power from the start. The opening March with is orchestra-like use of piano registers precedes a sparkling Waltz.  In the second movement Rachmaninoff integrates the parts for the two pianos so that they can hardly be distinguished. During the middle of the Waltz, a long-lined romantic melody pounded out in chords over a flowing accompaniment.

The third-movement Romance is very lyrical and introspective. However it grows into the impassioned central climax to revisit the expressiveness of the Waltz’s middle section. The last movement, Tarantella, an Italian dance whose crazed rhythms were once thought to cure the bite of a tarantula. Here, Rachmaninoff is giving us a finale that demands staggering virtuosity from both players.

Rachmaninoff along with his cousin and teacher Alexander Siloti premiered the work on November 24, 1901, at a concert of the Moscow Philharmonic Society.


d. Falla (1876-1946), Two Spanish Dances from Opera La Vida Breve

Regarded as the greatest Spanish composer of the 20th century, Manuel De Falla had a distinctively nationalistic style. One of his earliest surviving works, La Vida Breve is 2-act opera written in his local Andalusian dialect, although it was quickly translated into French.  Manuel de Falla depicts the timeless themes of unrequited love and class inequality. Salud and Paco are lovers, but he agrees to marry a girl of his own richer class, Carmela. The wedding takes place, observed, from the street, by Salud. Her uncle Sarvaor offers to entertain the wedding-guests and Salud comes forward to accuse Paco, before falling down dead. De Falla’s opera is set in Granada and includes a series of dances.

Schubert (1797-1828), Fantasy in F minor, D. 940

Schubert wrote an unusually large number of piano duets; clearly the form had special significance for him. Part of the vogue for duets in Vienna was due to the rapid progress of technical developments in Viennese piano making. Composers and players were anxious to exploit the new sonorities – and four hands could release more exciting sounds from these pianos than two. More importantly, however, duet playing was one of Schubert’s most treasured social pastimes. In his early days, he was music teacher off and on for some years to Count Esterházy’s daughters. Duets were one of his favorite teaching techniques; he played Secundo, keeping the basic pace and rhythm stable while the pupil took a more challenging Primo part. An impressionable young man, he soon became besotted with Caroline, at 17 the youngest daughter. Differences in social station and her indifference to him as other than a valued teacher meant that she became his ‘immortal beloved’, his consequent unrequited love being a constant source of pain for the rest of his short life.

In 1828, his last year, an increasingly ill Schubert, realizing that his syphilis had passed into the mortal final Tertiary stage, wrote a number of stunning masterpieces. The Fantasy in F minor D. 940 for piano duet is one such, written only a few months before his demise. It has been said that he held a hopeless passion for his pupil, the Countess Karoline Eszterházy, but the only work he dedicated to her was his Fantasy in F minor. It seems to be an intimate outpouring of the composer’s feelings about Caroline and machinations of a cruel world which had kept them apart. Very broadly a whole sonata compressed into a single movement, this is one of Schubert’s most inward and profound utterances. One can visualize Schubert and Caroline sitting once more at the piano as his music speaks to her.

Gavrilin (1939-1999), Pieces from Ballet “Anyuta”

Valery Aleksandrovich Gavrilin is the distinguished Russian composer, whose talent is widely considered to be brilliant and original. Gavrilin’s music wins the hearts of listeners by its natural melodic sphere, modern and still national coloring, sincerity and deep heartfelt compassion to the people’s troubles and aspirations. This music is joyous and serious at the same time, it’s smiling and sad, and it’s intimate and noble. Among 60 pieces for piano for two and four hands Gavrilin composed 4 ballets, 38 theatrical plays, 11 movies, and many other compositions.

Ballet «Anyuta» on Gavrilin’s music in 1983 was awarded with « The Gold Prize» at X All-Union television festival, and in 3 years at the stage of San Carlo in Naples it was called the best performance of the year in Italy. The Ballet is based on one of Anton Chekhov’s stories, “Anna Round the Neck”. The story is about a young woman, Anna, who marries a rich man to save her family from poverty. The wealth didn’t make Anna happy. There is a human transformation between a young loving her family girl and a woman who finally forgets her own family.


Enrico Lagasca and Victor Asunción | An Evening of Lieder and Kundiman
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Enrico Lagasca

Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (New York Times), bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca is enjoying a career in Oratorio, Opera, Chamber Music, and Recitals with a repertoire spanning from Early to Contemporary music both as Soloist and Chorister across America. Philipines born and New York based, Enrico regularly sings with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He also sings with The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Sacra New York, The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, Ensemble VIII in Austin, Texas, Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico, and Seraphic Fire in Miami, Florida. Performance with orchestras as soloist and chorister include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, to name a few. Recent highlights include Soloist in Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Pacific Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Operatic roles of L’arbre/Fauteuil (L’Enfant et les sortileges), Collatinus (Rape of Lucretia), Loreno (I Copuleti e I Montecchi), tour of Dido and Aenas with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Virginia Arts Festival, Summer festivals with Oregon Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Mostly Mozart Festival. Season ’17-’18 highlights include 3 concert tour and album recording and launch with Santa Fe Desert Chorale, concerts with Seraphic Fire and Ensemble VIII, album launch of the complete Capricornus cantatas with ACRONYM, solo debut of an all Purcell program with Bach Collegium San Diego, soloist for BWV 82, 95, 14, 4, 131, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Charpentier Lecons de Tenebrae, Weckman Wie liegt die Stadt so wuste, among others. Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines and at Mannes College of Music. Enrico is also and alumnus of the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. He currently resides in Queens, New York, is active on social media and you may find him @enricolee.

Victor Santiago Asunción

Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, spirited temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. He made is orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Bobby McFerrin, and Mei-Ann Chen. A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, Susanna Gilmore, James Buswell, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard, Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, and Catalin Rotaru; and the Dover, Emerson, Sao Paulo, Serafin, and Vega string quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He also was the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with cellist Joseph Johnson, and Rachmaninov’s sonata and works arranged by Gregor Piatigorsky with cellist Evan Drachman. He also is featured in the award-winning recording Song My Father Taught Me with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and Chicago’s WFMT. In addition to his active performing career, he is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his doctor of musical arts degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Asunción is a Steinway Artist.

Picosa: Locus of Movement
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Picosa: Locus of Movement @ PianoForte Studios

Picosa’s February concert is about the point where movement begins both musically and historically. The program opens with Merge Left by University of Illinois-Chicago Associate Professor of Music Marc Mellits which, despite its whimsical title, is written in dedication and memory to Mellits’ dear friend John Craft in his last months before succumbing to AIDS. Three miniature works by Augusta Read Thomas D(i)agon(als) for solo clarinet, Euterpe’s Caprice for solo flute, and Capricci for flute and clarinet capture movement and motion in their mercurial and spinning musical lines. Florent Ghys’ Etude for 11 Faces embodies the progress of the field of music towards innovative new territory with the integral use of visuals not only in the performance practice but in the actual construction of the work itself. Haydn’s Divertissement for flute, violin, and cello is a sorbet within a rich program, which sets up the final work on the program, the revolutionary Kammersymphonie No. 1 transcribed by Anton Webern from the original score by Arnold Schoenberg. The music of Webern and Schoenberg represents a seismic shift in the western tradition of classical music moving away from diatonicism (major and minor scales) and towards heterodox, new terrain in tonality including serialism, 12 tone rows, and ultimately paving the way for a new language in contemporary music.

Marc Mellits | Merge Left (flute/clarinet/cello)
Augusta Read Thomas | D(i)agon(als) (clarinet)
Augusta Read Thomas | Euterpe’s Caprice (flute)
Augusta Read Thomas | Capricci (flute/clarinet)
Florent Ghys | Etudes on 11 Faces (violin/cello/piano/electronics)
Franz Joseph Haydn | Divertissment No. 1 (flute/violin/cello)
Arnold Schoenberg arr. Webern | Kammersymphonie, op. 9 (flute/clar/violin/cello/piano)

Picosa Artists
Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Patti Garvey | cello
Kuang-Hao Huang | piano
Jonathon Kirk | Composer-in-Residence

Picosa invites their audience members to bring a donation item to each of our concerts. Audience members will receive a $5 credit toward ticket prices at the door. There will also be information on Hesed House and be an opportunity to make a monetary donation at the concert.
Link to Hesed House Needs List

Please note : High school students and younger are free! Accompanying parents receive a discounted ticket of $10.

Tamir Hendelman and Joaquin Garcia- Rhapsody In Blue and Oscar Peterson Tribute
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Tamir Hendelman and Joaquin Garcia- Rhapsody In Blue and Oscar Peterson Tribute @ PianoForte Studios

Solo Selections by Tamir Hendelman and Joaquin Garcia to be announced from the stage:

George Gershwin
A Foggy Day

Double Rainbow

Duke Ellington
Satin Doll

Oscar Peterson
The Canadiana Suite:
Land Of The Misty Giants
Blues Of The Prairies
Place St. Henri
Laurentide Waltz
Hogstown Blues

Oscar Peterson
Blues For Big Scotia

George Gershwin

George Gershwin

George Gershwin
Rhapsody In Blue

Tamir Hendelman
Tel Aviv born Tamir Hendelman began keyboard studies at age 6, moving to the U.S. in 1984 and winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition soon after. Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed. He received a B.M. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music in 1993. Since 2000 he has toured the US, Japan and Europe with his own trio and as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. In 2001 he premiered Clayton’s orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Peterson wrote in his online journal: “It was a satisfying but strange feeling… to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces…I look forward to hearing more from him.”

Tamir’s CD releases, Playground (Swing Bros, 2008) and Destinations (Resonance 2010) reached #3 and #1 on the jazz charts, Destinations takes listeners along on a voyage of musical discovery, from Jobim to Jarrett and Ravel. “Destinations to me is not only about the places I have traveled to, but also about the journey of being a jazz musician.” He has also become a first-rate arranger and accompanist for vocalists such as Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, and Jackie Ryan and has accompanied Barbra Streisand on Love Is The Answer (Columbia, 2009), at the Village Vanguard and her 2012 North American orchestral tour. He has arranged and recorded for Claudio Roditi, Graham Dechter, Christian Howes and more. In 2014, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Since 2005, Tamir has been on the jazz faculty of UCLA and an active clinician. “What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging…. He will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited—even organic—once the tune begins.” (

Joaquin Garcia
Joaquin Garcia began playing drums professionally at age 7, winning regional Chicago percussion competitions by age 9, then trainining as a classical pianist. He won Chicago and Illinois competitions in 2005 for his interpretations of Chopin and Lecuona repertoire. In 2007, he received a full scholarship to attend Columbia College Chicago as a dual major in composition and performance in classical piano performance. In his first week at Columbia, he switched his focus to Jazz and Afro-Cuban studies, graduating with honors and touring New York, Miami and beyond. Joaquin Garcia is now a national and international touring musician with projects in China, South Korea, Indonesia, and Mexico. He stays active with festivals around the US. He is a masterclass lecturer, rerecording artist, instructor, music director, and professional pianist in various music scenes with his own debut Jazz album expected to be released in the Fall of 2018. He recently became a part of the US band for 6x Grammy Winner Gilberto Santa Rosa.

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