Stuart Isacoff, a pianist and composer, is founding editor of the magazine Piano Today , Executive Editor of Sheet Music Magazine and a recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music. His numerous articles have appeared in The New York Times , The New Grove Dictionary Of Music In America , Chamber Music , Musical America , Keyboard , Stagebill , Symphony , and Connoisseur . Mr. Isacoff's original musical compositions and instructional books have been published by Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Associated Music Publishers, Carl Fischer, Music Sales Corp., Warner Bros. and Ekay Music.
Mr. Isacoff's recent appearances as a recitalist and lecturer have included performances at the Verbier Festival & Academy in Verbier Switzerland; the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas; the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Caramoor Center for the Arts in Katonah, New York.
Believing that most musical boundaries are artificial, Mr. Isacoff performs recitals that combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation in ways that illustrate bridges between musical works written centuries and continents apart. Of his piano playing, pianist André Watts has said: "Stuart Isacoff's music-making is original and revelatory. Subtle, brilliant use of the instrument combined with a unique musical perspective create performances of uncommon depth. Isacoff reveals his beautiful interior world with every performance."
Stuart Isacoff has been a longtime student of the Chinese art of Tai Chi Chuan, and in recent years has also taken up gymnastics. He has degrees in Philosophy and Music Composition, was a classical piano student of Zenon Fishbein and a jazz piano student of Sir Roland Hanna. Mr. Isacoff has taught at several schools, including Brooklyn College, William Paterson University, and The Verbier Festival and Academy. He lives in Bergen County, New Jersey.
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