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The Piano Guys
Performance of the Month

Paul Anderson, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al van der Beek serendipitously joined forces to create the most successful YouTube instrumental music group in history. Billions of views. Millions of followers. Wonders of the World. Concerts in every corner of the globe. And it all started in a little Yamaha piano store in a tiny town in Southern Utah.

The Piano Guys have made their mark by taking the piano and cello out of their concert hall context and putting them in places you’d never expect to see them: on a speeding train, a cliff’s edge, a beach, in front of the Seven Wonders. Combining classical music, pop, film score, and original music, The Piano Guys’ mission is to inspire and spread hope through incomparably imaginative music videos filmed all over the world.

This event features three of their first DisklavierTV-exclusive video releases, along with special behind-the-scenes footage.* Titles include "Arwen’s Vigil", "Bourne Vivaldi," and "Charlie Brown Medley". Grab some popcorn and prepare to be entertained!

*NOTE: Your piano will not play during Behind The Scenes segments

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Alexander Kobrin
presented by Downtown Piano Works

At the age of five, he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, Moscow-born pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His prize-winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience.

Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Kobrin’s teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty of the Russian State Gnessin’s Academy of Music, named the L. Rexford Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, has been a member of the celebrated Artist Faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School, and has also given masterclasses in Europe and Asia, the International Piano Series and at the Conservatories of Japan and China. In July 2017, Kobrin joined the faculty of the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochster, NY.

He has also been a jury member for many international piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, TX, Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Hamamatsu International Piano Competion, the Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, AK, and the Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature to the critical acclaim.

This special performance was originally recorded live on March 20, 2012, as part of the Fine Artist Concert Series at Downtown Piano Works in Frederick, MD.

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Gerald Clayton Trio
from the Kennedy Center Jazz Club

Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of piano icon Billy Childs, after a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. Clayton won second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition.

Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen, Peter Bernstein and the Clayton Brothers Quintet.

Capturing the truth in each moment’s conception of sound comes naturally to Clayton. The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, he enjoyed a familial apprenticeship from an early age. Clayton honors the legacy of his father and all his musical ancestors through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation, and reinvention.

In this special rebroadcast, the Gerald Clayton Trio—featuring Joe Saunders on bass and Eric Harland on drums—performed two sold-out sets at one of DC's beloved venues.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally recorded on February 28, 2014, at KC Jazz Club at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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Matthew Whitaker
Performance of the Month

Born in 2001, Matthew Whittaker’s love for playing music began at age 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in that company's 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at age 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

Matthew went on to win 1st Place on Fox TV’s revival of Showtime at the Apollo in 2016; and in 2019 and 2020, he was the winner of the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award. Matthew has appeared on the Today Show documentary series "Boys Changing the World," Harry Connick Jr Show, Ellen, and 60 Minutes.

Since then, he's toured both in the US and abroad, performing on prestigious stages around the country including Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, SF Jazz Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Newport Jazz Festival.

In this energetic performance, join this rising jazz and R&B sensation as he and his band serve up a variety of popular tunes and original compositions.

This performance was originally recorded at Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

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