French-American Jazz Pianist Dan Tepfer Awarded Charles Ives Prize

May 22, 2014 | By Francerocks

"It's always an adventure" said Dan Tepfer during a concert last September at New York's Le Poisson Rouge where performed his Goldberg Variations/Variations. That adventure has reached a new, exciting, and impressive chapter since Tepfer was recently awarded the Charles Ives Prize. The French-American pianist and composer is one of two $15,000 fellowship recipients in 2014, along with Nathan Shields. 

About The Charles Ives Awards: 

"Harmony Ives, widow of Charles Ives (1874-1954), bequeathed the royalties from her husband's music to the Academy to be used for scholarships for young composers. Six scholarships of $7500 and two fellowships of $15,000 are given annually. In 1998, the Academy inaugurated the Charles Ives Living, which gives an American composer $100,000 a year for two years to free a promising talent from the need to devote his or her time to any employment other than music composition during the period of the award. In 2008, the Academy awarded the inaugural Charles Ives Opera Prize of $50,000, to be given to a composer and a librettist for a recently produced work." 

About Dan Tepfer: 

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His 2011 Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). Among his awards are the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. Tepfer was voted a Best New Artist in JazzTimes in 2010 and is a continuous favorite on the DownBeat Rising Stars list. His March 2013 release, Small Constructions, a co-lead album of duets with multi-reed player Ben Wendel on Sunnyside Records, has received rave reviews and extended features in the New York and Los Angeles Times.

Here are some of Dan's upcoming performance dates in the US:

 

June 29: Iridium Jazz Club
New York, NY [TICKETS]
 

July 31: Jazz Gallery
New York, NY [TICKETS]

August 30: Ravinia Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL [TICKETS]

September 23 - 27: Birdland
New York, NY [TICKETS]

November 8: San Francisco Jazz Center
San Francisco, CA [TICKETS]

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