Monday, December 12, 2022

MATT HERSKOWITZ

Jazzical & Classical Piano

PROGRAM

Gershwin: Three Preludes

 

Ravel: Concerto in G: II. Adagio assai

 

Gershwin: American in Paris

 

Ravel: 2nd Violin Sonata: II Blues

 

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

 

ABOUT MATT HERSKOWITZ

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Matt is originally from Rensselaerville, New York, and has made Montreal his home since 1999. A classical pianist for over 20 years, Matt’s interest in jazz began while studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he ‘apprenticed’ with seasoned jazz musicians performing in bars and jazz clubs. At age 30, Matt moved to Montreal and decided to focus on jazz, with a detour into pop music along the way with the celebrated pop diva Lara Fabian. His focus soon shifted to his own compositions, combining his experience in Jazz, Pop, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Latin American music with his skills in contemporary classical composition and performance. This new synthesis culminated in the creation of his Juno-nominated album Jerusalem Trilogy (Justin Time Records, 2010). Among the albums fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘World’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.”