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. 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 festival performance on Cage’s 100th birthday, listed by New York Magazine as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2012. He has spoken and performed at NYU, Kenyon College, Portland State University, University of Nebraska, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Alaska, among others. An outspoken GLBTQ advocate, he was an election season keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign, and has regularly performed for clients at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York. He maintains the blog The Dissonant States and recently published the memoir, 88x50, a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month, about coming out and coming-of-age during the America 88x50 tour. Recognized as an expert in modern American music, Tendler is developing an album of music by Robert Palmer on the Albany label, and will soon present the premiere recording of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Preludes for piano. He lives in New York City, and serves on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement.

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