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James Adler

Pianist, Composer, Board Member


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James Adler is a pianist who “can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard” (Chicago Sun-

Times) and a composer who writes “with uncommon imagination” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The Curtis

Institute of Music commissioned a new work from Mr. Adler as part of their Centenary Commissioning

Initiative “100x100.” He presented the world premiere of A Curtis Reflection for piano solo in recital at the

Yamaha Artist Services Studio NY in November for broadcast at Curtis during their Centenary Celebrations in

2024. In April, he appears in recital on the “Salon Concerts at Klavierhaus” series in New York, and also

performs on the Arts on Bergen midday concert series at Saint Peter’s University. His Suite Moderne for

Strings is featured at Virtual Concert Hall’s Laureate Gala on April 4 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In 2023, the Global Music Awards selected Mr. Adler as a Silver Medal Winner – Outstanding Achievement

in the Composer category for his album That Star in the Picture. The album also landed on the 2023 Top 20

Classical (Vocal) recording list of textura. Luciano Feliciani (Kathodik) calls this “a disc of great value, to be

savored slowly,” while Judith Clurman (Conductor, Essential Voices USA) notes that “James Adler writes

beautiful melodies.” This “exquisite” (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare), “lovely collection of lighter songs”

(Henry Fogel, Fanfare) features performances by cabaret artists Shana Farr and Michael Buchanan; Broadway

performer Kennedy Kanagawa; Perry Sook and Elizaveta Ulakhovich; and Metropolitan Opera mezzosoprano

Victoria Livengood in a new chamber version of Pie Jesu from Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem.

Mr. Adler is honored to serve on the Sound Espressivo Advisory Board. Sound Espressivo - Virtual

Classical/Jazz music is known for the competitions and events it hosts. In 2023-2024, performers will compete

for in-person concerto appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as with other orchestras

throughout the world. The “James Adler Audience Favorite Award” is presented during the Laureates Gala,

and Mr. Adler, a known interpreter of Rachmaninoff’s music, serves as a judge for a special competition

celebrating the life and music of Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Mr. Adler made his orchestral performing debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in

recital on the Orchestra’s Allied Arts Piano Series, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series. His

appearances have brought him from Chicago’s Grant Park, to London’s Royal Albert Hall (broadcast by the

BBC), to Thesseloniki, Greece, to New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, and the Paramount Theatre

at Madison Square Garden.

His extensive list of compositions is headed by Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem. Performed worldwide,

recorded by AmorArtis Chorale and Orchestra, and published by Alfred Music, Memento mori features a

“range of expression [that] is expansive” and is “a unique, well-crafted, emotionally rich piece” (American

Record Guide). Other compositions include Reflections upon a September morn (poetry by Walt Whitman);

Songs of Innocence and of Experience (poetry by William Blake); A Winter Triptych (Albany Records);

Monday’s Child, performed at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and at The Metropolitan Museum of

Art; Carols of Splendour, premiered at Carnegie Hall (“A cheerful, splashy tour de force, skillfully

constructed and full of clever ideas,” The Choral Journal); It’s Gotta Be America, commissioned for the

Centennial Celebration of the Statue of Liberty; and Canticle For Peace, written for the opening of the 43rd

session of the United Nations General Assembly (published by Colla Voce Music). Mr. Adler is also the

composer of Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra (published by Alfred Music), the children’s “pOpera”

Herbie and Carnie: A Dinosaga, the Classic Rag-time Suite for orchestra, numerous solo, chamber, and choral

works, and the award-winning film score for The Hat Act.

As performer and composer, Mr. Adler can be heard on recordings from Albany Records, Capstone, Navona,

and Ravello Records. He is a member of the Arts Department at Saint Peter’s University, a National Arts

Associate in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, a recipient of the 2017 Marquis Lifetime

Achievement Award, and in 2018 was selected for membership in the SAI Composer’s Bureau. In 2023, he

was invited to join the Music Publishers Association of the United States. Mr. Adler is a Yamaha Artist.

Elegy Artist Management •

February 2024

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