Thomas Pandolfi / Piano Recital
Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 (“Military”)… Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2… F. Chopin
Three Etudes … F. Chopin
a) No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 10 (“Revolutionary”)
b) No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 (“Aeolian Harp”)
c) No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 25 (“Ocean”)
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66… F. Chopin
Polonaise A-Flat Major, Op. 53 (“Heroic”)….F. Chopin
Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque …Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Grande Valse Brillante (“Pippermint-Get”)…. Deodat de Deverac (1872-1921)
Intermezzo No. 1… Manuel Ponce (1882-1948)
Malagueña … Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)
Rhapsody in Blue (1927 solo version).. George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Mr. Pandolfi will be available for CD signing following the concert.
THOMAS PANDOLFI is one of the leading pianists of our time, hailed a “phenomenon”, he began his career early on while at The Juilliard School (BM & MM) where the young prodigy caught the influential ear 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’s Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Athenaeum, London’s Cadogan Hall, and many others.
DC Metro Arts calls him, “exhilarating”, a rare mix of technical accuracy and cool confidence..”his artistry and technique were simply astonishing,” said the Metropolitan Arts Reviews. The Washington Post boasted “he is a master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line”. Pandolfi's large-scale pianism seemed under tight control yet in no way muted the passion of his performance…projected with an exquisite sense of lyrical gesture.” “A standout among today's young pianists... His virtuosity and strength might have had some believing that Liszt himself had taken over the keyboard,” said the Asheville Citizen-Times. “The mastery of the scores, the precision of the playing, and the finesse of the expression were all simply spectacular. It was a truly bravura performance, both in the virtuosic and in the reflective pieces, yet one completely without gratuitous exaggerated display,” claimed The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
In addition to being recognized as one of the greatest interpreters of the Polish masters such as Chopin, Paderewski, and Godowsky, this versatile pianist has received accolades from everything from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying, “It was the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.” Thomas’ original and virtuosic transcriptions of popular 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.
Mr. Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist. His performances have been broadcast by PBS, WETA (Washington, DC), WQXR (NYC), WRCJ (Detroit), DCN TV (China), The Sound (DC), and many others worldwide. During the summer of 2023, he recorded the world premier of Polo Piatti’s Bohemian Concerto for piano and orchestra with The National Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by John Andrews which is due to be released in October, and performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto at both the ASMI Summer Festival and Entroterre Summer Festival in Italy. During the 2023/24 Season, Pandolfi will perform a recital tour throughout 15 US States, as well as perform concerti by Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin, Saint-Saens and Gershwin with orchestras throughout the nation.
Born in Washington, DC into a musical family, Pandolfi began his studies with his father and continued on with principle teachers Sasha Gorodnitzki , Adele Marcus, Gyorgy Sandor. He holds a BM and MM from The Juilliard School. Maestro Pandolfi is available for recitals, concertos, and masterclasses.