He is a composer, pianist, teacher and author born in the United States who founded PollyRhythm Productions, which he named after his parrot, Polly Rhythm. He also holds the post of Creative Director with them and has been the Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Concerts at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Regularly heard on the radio his Piano Puzzler is part of the classical music Performance Today.
As a composer he is regularly called upon to be composer-in-residence at music festivals throughout the United States and his works have been performed by artists that include the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Yo-Yo Ma, the National Symphony, Sylvia McNair and Itzhak Perlman to name but a few. His compositions include many works for the theatre and four operas that include the children’s opera Marita and Her Heart’s Desire, which was premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1995.
Recordings of his works generated a Grammy Award for the producer, David Frost, in 2005 and he has a film score that is featured as part of the permanent documentary at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
As an author his books have included What To Listen For in the World, Of Mozart, Parrots and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind and The Mind’s Ear.
In the field of musical education he has been a faculty member of New York University and the Juilliard School of Music as well as a visiting lecturer at Yale and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center recordings
Telarc 80460 (CD: Marita and Her Heart’s Desire)
Conductor – Bruce Adolphe
Here he is talking about Piano Puzzler…