Jeffrey Grossman

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Shorter Concert Program Bio (184 words, updated for 2018–19 season)

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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. As the artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, this season Jeffrey directs concerts including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah from the organ and harpsichord, both in collaboration with TENET Vocal Artists, and performs Bach’s six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord with Daniel S. Lee. In recent seasons, Jeffrey has performed with TENET, the Green Mountain Project, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Quodlibet, the Boston Early Music Festival, and numerous other ensembles across the country. For the past thirteen seasons, he has also toured portions of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing outreach concerts to underserved communities, most recently in Wyoming and southeast Alaska. 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; he was recently appointed a faculty member at Yale University. www.jeffreygrossman.com


Longer Concert Program Bio (297 word, updated for 2018–19 season)

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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. As the artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, this season Jeffrey directs concerts including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah from the organ and harpsichord, both in collaboration with TENET Vocal Artists, and performs Bach’s six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord with Daniel S. Lee. In recent seasons, Jeffrey has performed with TENET, the Green Mountain Project, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Quodlibet, the Boston Early Music Festival, and numerous other ensembles across the country. For the past thirteen seasons, he has also toured parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing outreach concerts to underserved communities, most recently in Wyoming and southeast Alaska. Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. He was recently appointed a faculty member at Yale University, where he teaches performance practice and works with graduate voice students.

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 and Don O. Franklin 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

 


 

Full Biography

Jeffrey Grossman HeadshotJeffrey Grossman (email) is a freelance harpsichordist, continuo organist, conductor, and coach based in New York City. He specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed. Grossman's 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 currently on the faculty of Yale University, where is a Lecturer in Early Music, teaching performance practice and coaching students in the graduate voice program in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble.

As a harpsichordist or conductor, he has performed with TENET Vocal Artists, the Saint 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, Callisto Ascending, 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.

As a pianist, he has been affiliated since 2005 with the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing more than 180 outreach concerts in 15 states to help bring live classical music to underserved communities across the United States. He was 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 and Don O. Franklin 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, Peter Sykes, Jacques Ogg, Edward Parmentier, Webb Wiggins, Robert Mealy, Barbara Weiss (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).

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, Finale, and Dorico 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 has been released on labels including Naxos, Gothic Records, Zimbel Records, and Albany Records.