Fred Hersch - composer bio


Monday, August 3rd, 2015 4:59 PM


Fred Hersch is a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist. Described as "a poet of a pianist" by The New Yorker, he has created a significant body of recorded work that is infused with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique. His work as a composer is an integral part of all of his live performances and includes more than ninety recorded jazz compositions. He has released more than two-dozen albums as leader, twenty as collaborator and appears as a sideman on sixty more. Among his many accomplishments are a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, five Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Performance and a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. As a composer of concert music, he has been commissioned by The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Roomful of Teeth, the Opus 21 Ensemble, The Miller Theater at Columbia University, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Gramercy Trio, Peak Performances@Montclair State and many others; his concert music is published by Edition Peters.