New Work for Goldberg Variations

Co-Conceived by Simone Dinnerstein & Pam Tanowitz
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Lighting/Scenic Decor by Davison Scandrett


Simone Dinnerstein, piano
7 dancers


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, “ 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


Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, and has received commissions and residencies at The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process program, Vail International Dance Festival, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. Most recently the company performed on the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and the Chicago Dancing Festival.

Tanowitz received the 2016 Juried Bessie Award, as well as a 2009 Bessie Award for the dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop. She was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and a 2013-2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has set work on The Juilliard School, New York Theater Ballet, and Saint Louis Ballet. Additional awards include two Joyce Theater Residency Grants; a grant from the Jerome Robbins Foundation; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award; and a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant.

Tanowitz holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber-Slayton.

2013 - The Spectators
2014 - Heaven on One's Head
2015 - Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy)

“Some of the dance steps, phrases and constructions by the choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today.
They feature memorable footwork, strikingly elegant and witty
combinations of lower- and upperbody movement, and complex, subtle, fascinating uses of stage space.”
— The New York Times

“[Pam Tanowitz creates] sharp, off-kilter energy, strange skewed beauty.”
— Dance Magazine