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Jeffrey Grossman (email) is a freelance pianist, harpsichordist, 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 co-leader 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. Since 2009, he has 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 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 the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, Chatham Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Sebastians, PHOENIXtail, Juilliard415, Daniel Hope, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Harvard Glee Club, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Amherst Early Music Festival Baroque Academy, and many others.
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 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.
Jeffrey Grossman’s extensive musical activities include frequent performances as a harpsichordist, pianist, and conductor. Acclaimed for his musicality, he has been praised as a “sensitive and fluent accompanist” of “flair and conviction” in Fanfare magazine. As co-leader of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, last summer Jeffrey music directed Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in collaboration with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and this summer will lead Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with dell’Arte and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Connecticut Early Music Festival. In addition to frequent performances with the Sebastians, Jeffrey performs with numerous groups in the New York metropolitan area, including PHOENIXtail, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, and Fire & Folly. He also tours parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation. He can be heard on the Gothic, Naxos, Albany, 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 currently resides in New York City. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.jeffreygrossman.com