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Simone Dinnerstein: Bio

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Her latest Sony album, Mozart in Havana, was released in April and reached number two on the Billboard Classical chart.

Dinnerstein's performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed 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, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio.  She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist. Dinnerstein is managed by Andrea Troolin at Ekonomisk Mgmt with booking representation through Helen Henson at Blu Ocean Arts.

1 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639: Busoni  
2 Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056:1  
3 Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II  
4 Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: III  
5 Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit, BWV 307, arr. Kempf  
6 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: I  
7 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: II  
8 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: III  
9 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: IV  
10 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: V  
11 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: VI  
12 Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052: I  
13 Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052: II  
14 Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052: III  
15 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147, arr. Hess  
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"An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation..." The New York Times

Simone Dinnerstein's first album on Sony Classical Bach: A Strange Beauty sees the pianist return to Bach, this time combining three transcriptions of his Chorale Preludes with one of his English Suites and two of his Keyboard Concerti. Simone Dinnerstein's special affinity to the music of Bach was cemented when her self-funded recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations took the US Billboard charts by storm on its release in 2007. The album drew intense critical acclaim and Dinnerstein's unique playing garnered such impressive reviews as that from The New York Times "An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation."

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