Adam Tendler

pianist composer author curator advocate

"An exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" (Los Angeles Times), an “intrepid...outstanding...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." (Baltimore Sun)  Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award, and a finalist for the 2013 American Prize, Indiana University graduate Adam Tendler 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. He has gone on to perform in some of the country’s most distinguished halls, universities and concert 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 sold-out recital at the Rubin Museum and 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 Columbia University, Princeton University, Bard College, NYU, Kenyon College, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Portland State University, University of Nebraska, University of Alaska and Rice University, as well as artistic landmarks including Houston's Rothko Chapel and James Turrell's Skypace in Sarasota. An outspoken GLBTQ advocate, was an election-season keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign and has worked with an array of GLBTQ outreach organizations, including 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 and Lambda Literary Award nominee. Recognized as a leading interpreter of modern American music, Tendler is developing an album of music by Robert Palmer and just recorded the premiere release of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little 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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