Anthony Molinaro, Piano
Since his victory at the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City, Anthony Molinaro's performances have captivated audiences and critics alike. Acclaimed for his edge-of-the-seat brilliance and musically imaginative mind, Mr. Molinaro's performances have taken him to major music centers throughout the country including Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York's Alice Tully Hall, and Chicagos Symphony Center. He has been featured on Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, The Young Artist Series at the Kravis Center, The Irving S. Gilmore Festival, The Charles Vanda Master Series in Las Vegas, and at The Santa Fe Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Grand Teton Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. He has appeared as guest soloist with over fifty orchestras, and has recently concertized in France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Canada; and headlined at leading clubs for improvised music including Chicagos Green Mill, Torontos The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, Viennas Porgy and Bess, Amsterdams Bimhuis, Munichs Unterfahrt, and Zurichs Moods.
In addition to his traditional concert repertoire, Mr. Molinaro is a gifted composer, arranger and improvisor. In November 2005, he premiered his Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Catskill Symphony, and later that year debuted his big band arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Molinaro records exclusively for Nineteen-Eight Records, a label he founded in 2001 to support creative music of all genres. His debut CD, The Bach Sessions, features the Goldberg Variations and the F Minor and A Major Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. His follow-up recording, New Blue, is a Gershwin album featuring his own solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, as well as arrangements and improvisations on the Gershwin classics Summertime, Someone To Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and I Got Rhythm. His collaboration with the two-time Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy was highlighted by a live recording from the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago; and his 2010 recording, Canto Per Mio Padre, features music of Schubert / Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy. His solo piano album exploring music of The Beatles, Here, There and Everywhere, was released in January 2014 to critical claim. In a Chicago Tribune feature story, critic Howard Reich wrote an exceptional new solo album... He transforms these works creating a distinctive world of sound for each one... In effect, Molinaro has brought to these famous songs a harmonic sophistication, rhythmic complexity and textural intricacy that far surpasses the originals.
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Evanston, IL 60201
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