2022 Conference Guest Artist

The American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is our Featured Guest Artist. He will be performing an evening recital on Friday, November 4, and he’ll conduct a piano master class on Saturday morning, November 5. “Thomas Pandolfi’s recital program will include some of Chopin’s most beloved and famous works, in addition to the 1927 solo version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Mr. Pandolfi’s own brilliant transcription, Rhapsody on Themes from “West Side Story”. Thomas Pandolfi began his music career early on at The Juilliard School (BM & MM) where the young prodigy caught the influential ears of Vladimir Horowitz, who would become his mentor, and legendary composer, Morton Gould. Since then, he has been an audience favorite, selling out the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, London’s Cadogan Hall, and many others. In addition to being hailed as one of the greatest interpreters of Polish masters such as Chopin and Paderewski, this versatile pianist has received accolades from everything from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying, “It’s the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.” His original and virtuosic transcriptions of works such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, are one-of-kind, jaw-dropping, and dramatic encores that keep audiences of all ages returning to his performances again and again. Maestro Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist and when he is not on tour, resides in Northern Virginia. www.thomaspandolfi.com Facebook: @thomaspandolfipianist Instagram: thomas.pandolfi