Praised by the press for her "majestic originality of vision," (The Independent) and "unpretentious elegance" (The New Yorker), pianist Simone Dinnerstein has charted her professional path with passion and creativity. Here she performs live on the radio and chats with WRTI's Susan Lewis.
Glass: Etude No. 6 and Schubert: Impromptu in C flat, Op. 90:
Glass: Etude No. 2 and Bach: Goldberg Variation No. 28:
Glass: Etude No. 6
Schubert: Impromptu in C flat, Op. 90
Glass: Etude No. 2
Bach: Goldberg Variation No. 28
Simone Dinnerstein attracted international attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The album soared to the top of the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales, and landed on the 'Best of 2007' lists of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker.
Today she performs in recital and with orchestras around the world and records repertoire from Ravel to Beethoven. She's put together creative collaborations such as her 2017 album, Mozart in Havanna, recorded in Cuba with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.
Her most recent release, Circles, features Bach's Keyboard Concerto in G minor and a new concerto written for her by Philip Glass, performed with and co-commissioned by the Grammy-nominated string orchestra, A Far Cry.
Dinnerstein enlisted a total of 12 American orchestras to co-commission the Glass Concerto, and this year is performing the work with each of them, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.
She's committed to musical outreach and plays concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation, dedicated to bringing classical music to nontraditional venues. She also runs her own concert series supporting music education in public schools, and visits schools with her Bachpacking initiative.
A winner of Astral Artists' National Auditions, Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juillard School, and is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music in New York.