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PAUL POSNAK

Paul Posnak’s international career as pianist, recording artist, transcriber and sought-after teacher began with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. Recipient of Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Juilliard, and of the Loeb Prize (Juilliard’s highest award), he won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. He has performed at the White House, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony, at Carnegie Recital and Tully Halls in New York, and throughout Europe, South America and Asia to critical acclaim. A highly regarded collaborative artist, Paul Posnak has worked with many world-renowned vocalists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and has perfomed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. His eleven recordings of solo and chamber works for major labels have received the highest praise from the international press, and he is becoming internationally renowned for his improvisations and note-for-note transcriptions of the great jazz pianist-composers of the 1920s and 1930s. His transcriptions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority. His transcriptions of fifteen of Thomas “Fats” Waller’s greatest solos have just been published by Hal Leonard and recorded for Naxos (“Ain’t Misbehavin’”, Naxos 86012-2). He is a featured artist on many national and European radio broadcasts. Fluent in French and German, he is in much demand as teacher and clinician both in the United States and abroad. Paul Posnak is Professor of Keyboard Perfomance and Director of the Accompanying/Chamber Music Program at the University of Miami School of Music.


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