Jeffrey Grossman

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Jeffrey Grossman HeadshotJeffrey Grossman (email) is a freelance harpsichordist, continuo organist, conductor, and coach based in New York City. His extensive instrumental repertoire includes music from six centuries for the piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ, and his work as a conductor encompasses everything from Josquin des Prez to Marvin Hamlisch. Grossman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harvard College (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); a Masters of Music in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Grammy-award winning conductor Robert Page; and a Masters of Music in historical performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Grossman is the artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians. He is also currently the harpsichordist of New York-based baroque ensembles PHOENIXtail, Fire & Folly, New York Baroque Incorporated, and was the founding harpsichordist of New York period instrument quartet Callisto Ascending. As a pianist, he has performed more than 160 outreach concerts in 14 states on tours organized by the Piatigorsky Foundation to help bring live classical music to small communities across the United States. For several years, he was been a faculty accompanist for the Berkshire Choral Festival, working with conductors Dale Warland, Philip Brunelle, Simon Carrington, Jane Glover, Heinz Ferlesch, Grant Gershon, Julian Wachner, Robert Page, Kent Tritle, Craig Hella Johnson, and Murry Sidlin. Grossman previously co-founded and served as artistic director of the Cambridge Early Music Project, a Boston-based organization that presented numerous concerts, highlights of which include include Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and Magnificat.

His teachers include Robert Page and Jameson Marvin in conducting; Louis Nagel in piano; Kenneth Weiss, Don O. Franklin, and Barbara Weiss in harpsichord; Mutsumi Moteki in coaching; and Riccardo Schulz in recording. He has performed in masterclasses of Harry Bicket, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Fabio Biondi, Rachel Podger, Christopher Hogwood, Lisa Goode Crawford, Jacques Ogg, Edward Parmentier, Webb Wiggins, Robert Mealy (as harpsichordist); Thomas Hampson, Wolfram Rieger, Helen Donath, Thomas Enman, Golda Vainberg-Tatz, Lynn Rice-See (as pianist); and Kirk Trevor, Johannes Schlaefli, Mariusz Smolij, Rodney Eichenberger, Mathis Dulack, Kate Tamarkin, Peter Jaffe, Donald Portnoy, Paul Vermel (as conductor).

He has performed with TENET, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Quodlibet Ensemble, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, the Sebastians, La Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, PHOENIXtail, Fire and Folly, Chamber Music Northwest, Juilliard Baroque, Juilliard415, New York Baroque Incorporated, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Daniel Hope, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Harvard Glee Club, ARTEK, Chatham Baroque, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Springfield Symphony, Seraphic Fire, Spire Chamber Ensemble, the Weckmann Project, Musica Nuova, and many other ensembles.

Grossman is also active as a recording artist. His first solo piano CD, Cosmic Light (music for piano by Keith Barnard), was released on the Metier Arts label, and Carson Cooman's Nantucket Dreaming, on which he performs solo and in a trio, was released on Naxos. Previously, he released two recordings devoted to contemporary American composers: New Dawn, with soprano Amanda Forsythe, of Carson Cooman's vocal works and piano solos (on Albany Records); and the chamber music of Leland Smith with vioinist and violist Sarah Darling (on the Naxos label). The Welcome News: Choral Music of Carson Cooman is his first commercial release as a conductor.

He has also released two solo CDs as part of a personal project that seeks to explore connections among diverse styles of keyboard music from all eras and on numerous modern and historical keyboard instruments. The first CD in this project, There and Back, released in September 2006, includes music by fourteen composers from four continents and four centuries. Reunion/Retrouvailles, the next disc in the series, was released in March 2007. It represents an even wider range of musical styles and composers, from Mozart to Wuorinen, including several world premiere recordings and newly commissioned works.

In addition to his work as a performing and recording artist, Grossman is active as a musical engraver using the SCORE music publishing system, which permits an unsurpassed level of professionalism and polish, in addition to the more commonly-used Sibelius notation software. Works he has engraved have been performed by organizations from the Metropolian Opera and Boston and Pittsburgh Symphonies to faculty-conducted groups at Harvard University and the orchestra of the Longy International Baroque Music Festival. Grossman also works as a classical recording editor and mastering artist. His work, as part of Overtone Audio, has been released on labels including Naxos, Gothic Records, Zimbel Records, and Albany Records.

 

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Shorter Concert Program Bio (131 words)

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Keyboardist and conductor Jeffrey Grossman specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed. This season, Jeffrey directs from the keyboard selected concerts with the Sebastians and TENET, and returns to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as featured harpsichord soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerti. In addition to serving as artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, Jeffrey also performs this year with the Green Mountain Project, Chamber Music Northwest, Quodlibet, the Little Orchestra of New York, and the Bach Players of Holy Trinity. Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University. www.jeffreygrossman.com

Longer Concert Program Bio (303 words)

Keyboardist and conductor Jeffrey Grossman specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed. In recent seasons, Jeffrey has conducted from the organ and harpsichord Bach's St. John Passion and Mass in B minor and Handel's Agrippina. This season, Jeffrey directs from the keyboard selected concerts with the Sebastians and TENET, and returns to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as featured harpsichord soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerti. In addition to serving as artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, he also performs this year with the Green Mountain Project, Chamber Music Northwest, Quodlibet, the Little Orchestra of New York, and the Bach Players of Holy Trinity. For the past twelve seasons, he has also toured parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing outreach concerts intended to bring live classical music to underserved communities. Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels, and several new CD recordings of early music are currently in production.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Jeffrey holds degrees from Harvard College (AB in Music cum laude), the Juilliard School (MM in Historical Performance), and Carnegie Mellon University (MM in Conducting). His principal teachers include Robert Page and Jameson Marvin in conducting; Louis Nagel in piano; Kenneth Weiss, Don O. Franklin, and Barbara Weiss in harpsichord. In addition to his performing activities, Grossman is also active as a music engraver (primarily using the SCORE music publishing system) and has prepared editions for many major publishers and ensembles. In 2014, his engraved score of Elliott Carter’s final composition won first prize in the chamber ensembles division of the Music Publishers Association Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence. Jeffrey currently resides in New York City. www.jeffreygrossman.com