SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, PIANO

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 because of the remarkable success of her 2007 Telarc recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which 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, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then have also topped the classical charts. Of her latest recording of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, The New York Times raved, “...in these ‘Inventions and Sinfonias,’ too often relegated to the teaching studio, it is the specific motion she gives each piece — as if every contrapuntal line had a physiognomy of its own — that makes this recording so arresting.” In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds.

Since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2005, Dinnerstein’s performances have taken her around the world to renowned venues and festivals, and she has performed with the world’s leading symphonies. Dinnerstein has also played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. In 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools, which raises funds for the schools.

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.

“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

“Dinnerstein is a musician’s musician, one of those whose interpretations can be listened to over and over, always sounding fresh, each time hearing more detail... her way of playing gives lasting satisfaction.”
The Seattle Times