Adam Tendler

pianist composer author curator advocate

Adam Tendler has been called "an exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" by The Los Angeles Times, an “intrepid...outstanding...maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a "modern-music evangelist" by Time Out New York, and a pianist who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all," by The Baltimore Sun, which continued, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all." London critic Frances Wilson described Tendler's memorized performance of Morton Feldman's Palais de Mari at St. John’s Smith Square as "a concentrated listening experience...meditative, intense and beautifully poised." Tendler has performed solo recitals in all fifty United States, including engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Columbia University, Bard College, Princeton University, New York University, Bennington College, Kenyon College, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Portland State University (Oregon), University of Nebraska, Indiana University, University of Alaska and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Peabody Conservatory as well as artistic landmarks like Rothko Chapel, The Maverick Concert Hall, Joe’s Pub, The Fisher Center at Bard College, Stonewall Inn, The Rubin Museum, and James Turrell's Skypace in Sarasota Florida, its first musical performer. The music publisher C.F. Peters, recently asked Tendler to perform and speak about John Cage's music for their forthcoming app, making Tendler the first artist to record Cage's music for a digital score-reading platform. Tendler’s own memoir, 88x50, about his grassroots fifty-state recital tour, was a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award Nominee. 2015 saw the release of his premiere recording of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little Preludes for piano on the Ebb & Flow label. Tendler lives in New York City and serves on the faculty of Third Street Music School Settlement, the country’s first community music school.