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Simone Dinnerstein is a critically lauded pianist whose thoughtful and compelling interpretations have captivated audiences all over the world. The Independent praises the “majestic originality of her vision” and NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her on a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours . . . She’s actively listening to every note she plays and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.” The Brooklyn-based pianist gained an international audience following the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then have also topped the classical charts and she was is a regular presence on the best-selling artists on the Billboard Classical Chart.
In February 2015, Sony Classical released Dinnerstein’s album Broadway-Lafayette, which celebrates the time-honored transatlantic link between France and America and includes Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Philip Lasser’s The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written for Dinnerstein. The album was recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.
Recent performance highlights include Dinnerstein’s Italian debut with RAI Turin under Jeffrey Tate and with the Orquesta Sinfónica del ISA in Havana, Cuba; a tour of Germany performing Bach concertos with Bach Collegium Musicum; a collaboration with the Ballet of l’Opéra National de Paris performing Jerome Robbins’s choreography of the Goldberg Variations; performances of The Circle and The Child with MDR Leipzig and Berlin’s Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester; and a new collaboration with the Boston based string orchestra, A Far Cry.
Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005 to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and the Stuttgart Bach Festival; and performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony.
Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York City public schools. The series features musicians who donate their time and talent in order to raise funds for the schools. In early 2014, Dinnerstein launched her Bachpacking initiative, bringing a digital piano provided by Yamaha from classroom to classroom in public schools, presenting interactive performances and encouraging musical discussion among the students.
Dinnerstein is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She was a winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions, and has received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and the Classical Recording Foundation Award. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. Simone Dinnerstein (pronounced See-MOHN-uh DIN-ner-steen) lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. She recently joined the faculty of New York’s Mannes School of Music. Simone is managed by Andrea Troolin at Ekonomisk Mgmt and and booking agent, Helen Henson. She is a Sony Classical artist.
"She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours . . . She's actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation."
"majestic originality of vision"
- The Independent
"arresting freshness and subtlety"
"lean, knowing, and unpretentious elegance"
- The New Yorker
"personality, verve, and thoughtfulness"
- The Washington Post
"An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the 'Goldberg' Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new. She learned them herself and recorded them herself, then Telarc picked up the album and it became one of the success stories of the year."
- The New York Times
"If you only have 1 hour, 18 minutes: Listen to pianist Simone Dinnerstein's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Telarc), a timeless, meditative, utterly audacious solo debut."
- O, The Oprah Magazine
"In a league with any of the great Beethoven pianists of our time."
- Philadelphia Inquirer