Adam Tendler

pianist composer author curator advocate

"An exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times), a “maverick pianist” (The New Yorker), a  "modern-music evangelist" (Time Out New York) who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes... living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all.  If they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all." (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun)  Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award, and a finalist for the 2013 American Prize, Adam Tendler is quickly emerging as one of the country's most prolific and exciting pianists, building an international reputation through unique programming and a grassroots approach to classical music making, working one-on-one with presenters to cut costs and increase access. He first made national headlines with America 88x50, a completely independent recital tour organized from the front seat of his Hyundai that brought free concerts of modern American music to underserved communities in all fifty states. Tendler has gone on to perform in some of the country’s most distinguished halls, universities, and series, directing modern music initiatives across the country and serving as an announcer and new music liaison for NPR and Pacifica stations nationwide. Since 2007, Tendler has toured with a memorized performance of John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes, including a Symphony Space performance on Cage’s 100th birthday for the Cage100 Festival, listed by New York Magazine as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2012. He’s been an invited performer and speaker at New York University, Kenyon College, Portland State University, University of Nebraska, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and a number of others. An outspoken GLBTQ advocate, he was recently keynote speaker at a Human Rights Campaign event in Boston, and has regularly performed for clients at New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center. He maintains the blog The Dissonant States and has just published the memoir, 88x50, about coming out and coming-of-age during the America 88x50 tour. An actively touring soloist recognized as an expert in modern American music, Tendler is currently developing an album of music by composer Robert Palmer on the Albany label. He lives in New York City, and serves on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement.