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John Nilsen is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter and one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful performance and recording artists. Nilsen is a prolific performer. Over the past thirty-five years, he has averaged 225 shows a year, performing as a solo pianist, solo guitarist and as a member of his two bands. Nilsen is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle and raised primarily in Portland. He is heard on many streaming services.
Based in Berlin, Hior Chronik was born in Athens in 1974. He began creating music about 10 years ago and today his focus is on minimal tunes based mainly on piano, characterized by cinematography, melancholy, scattered notes and long melodies that form expressive engagements. He is heard on many streaming platforms including itunes, spotify and many others. His music here is peaceful and piano based. Hior is currently playing in Europe with a new solo album “Out of the Dust”.
David started playing Piano at the age of 14. He studied classical music at the Music School in the “Civic Music Institute of Alba” (Italy) and later at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria (Italy). In 2012, he moved to London and started a different journey by assimilating “composition” experience and musical knowledge. David devotes himself exclusively to what he feels born to do - play piano, compose music, and share his gift with others.
Paul Sutfin is a musician and painter based in Portland, Oregon. He likes his art and is not easily pigeonholed. When asked what kind of music he plays on the piano, he responds with a question: “Does everything have to have a name?" Paul has created hundreds paintings, invents his own methods, and makes his living by it. His piano work is often titled by the day he wrote the piece. His music is classical, ethereal, and hauntingly beautiful.
Fiona lives in a small village in Australia, but loves to tour having played at the Carnegie Recital Hall in NYC, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Sydney Opera House, and the Los Angeles County Grammy Museum. She is heard on all streaming platforms and has several audio CDs available. Fiona is inspired by Felix Mendelessohn, Frederic Chopin, George Winston, Ludavico Einaudi, and Michael Nyman among others.
Ryan has performed around the front range of Colorado, including as a featured soloist with the Front Range Chamber Players. Ryan frequently concertizes in homes and churches locally and nationally, and is in demand as a guest pianist and conductor. He works as an independent arranger and composer and also maintains a full private piano studio. Current projects include plans for future albums, arranging and composing for SATB choir and collaborating with songwriters for studio sessions.
Laura enjoys great popularity around the world, not only for her award winning New Age, Classical, and Ambient music, but also for her warm and loving spirit. In addition to being a Grammy® winning and Billboard Top 10 Artist in New Age, her original Classical and Ambient music has been included in the score of two Emmy winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies.
Isaac Shepard is a pianist and composer who lives in Orange County, California. He has composed and performed for over 25 years, released ten piano albums, written music for over a dozen games, and composed hundreds of songs across many genres. He runs The Music Maze, a site to help independent musicians navigate the music business, and owns Shepard Audio, an indie record label and music publishing company.
Paddy writes its own personal story through the use of traditional instruments and experimental recording techniques, offering a deluge of emotional and sincere beauty. He has a BSc degree in Music Production at Limerick Institute Of Technology. Paddy is inspired by the similarities and contrasts between pianos and synthesizers, and this relationship was conveyed through the use of various recording and mixing techniques.
Jeff’s nontraditional method of composition has remained basically the same during the past forty years. He sits at the piano, plays spontaneously from the heart, and stops to develop any musical themes that surprise him. He confesses, “Sometimes I feel like a third party, listening to the whole process as an interested observer!” These original works interweave delicacy with intensity, combine musical notes with the space between them, and create pictures that move the emotions.
William Ögmundson is an award winning and EMMY-nominated composer and lyricist, and a classically-trained solo pianist. William began performing at the age of 5, and went on to win numerous piano competitions. He was selected to be the featured pianist for the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra on four separate occasions. William has performed at venues throughout North America and Europe including the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Pam Asberry has a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy and has worked with hundreds of piano students over the years. She found her way to the genre of neoclassical, aka “New Age,” solo piano music. She bought recordings and sheet music by the likes of George Winston, David Lanz, and Wayne Gratz and spent many happy hours both listening and playing. She now composes her own songs.
Sophie Hutchings is an Australian pianist/composer. Flitting from the soothing, idyllic, and melancholy to urgent and tempestuous, her music sits comfortably alongside that of Max Richter, Peter Broderick, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran, and the seminal post-classical group Rachel's. Sophie’s compositions sway from the disarmingly spare and elegant to the romantic and epic, with a fragility that manages to be both calm and exquisite but always pushing forward.
Shoshana’s playing has been described as “graceful and flowing” and “refined and elegant”. Her music stirs the heart and touches the soul. The music she writes is inspired by life experiences, people and emotions. Shoshana is passionate about sharing her music with others and she strives to compose and perform as often as she can.
Lynn Tredeau is an American musician who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. Lynn found her calling in the world of New Age and Solo Piano music. She is a Whisperings and Enlightened Piano Artist, and has received numerous nominations and awards for her albums. Lynn composes original contemporary instrumental music to tell life's stories. The music of this composer and piano artist has been described as "beautiful and relaxing".
Louis Landon is a composer and Steinway artist. Formerly of New York and currently living in Sedona, Arizona, Louis has dedicated his life to music. His career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. Louis is a solo piano recording artist for peace. His mission is to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart.
Alessandra Celletti comes from a purely classical background. She made her debut in 1994 with “Les sons et les parfums”, a collection of recordings dedicated to Debussy, Ravel and Satie. In 2006 Alessandra imposed herself as author with the album: “Chi mi darà le ali” (“Who will give me wings”). She also remains a valued interpreter of a vast repertoire that includes compositions of Janáček, Gurdjieff/de Hartmann, Scott Joplin and Philip Glass.
Danny Wright, the pianist and composer, makes music that touches and uplifts people every day, all over the globe. As one of the nation’s finest pianist/composers, Danny’s many recordings defy classification. He specializes in several music styles: Adult Contemporary Piano, New Age, Classical, Broadway show tunes, and Film music. He is a Steinway artist, and performs extensively, tailoring programs to his audiences’ tastes for each event. He has played many of the finest venues and symphonies in the world.
Hailed by American Record Guide as “an accomplished interpreter of romantic piano” whose “playing is bold, powerful, and agile,” Charles Szczepanek is a Mason & Hamlin Artist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He has collaborated with the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, won international prizes for his classical performance, and writes and arranges music that appeals to both the casual pianist as well as the virtuosic professional. Szczepanek is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Arts at Ascension, a concert series in Phoenix, Arizona that benefits fine arts education for underprivileged students in inner-city schools.
Christopher Boscole is a versatile pianist and composer in the new age, neo-classical, jazz, and contemporary instrumental genres. He almost never plays a song exactly the same way and suggests you also "follow your musical bliss" by using his sheet music as a stepping stone to your own creativity. Popular over the years in radio and other music networks, Boscole's piano albums have charted as reported on Zone Music Reporter. His composition “Angel of Bliss” from his album “Presents of Angels” is also featured on the first Whisperings Radio Solo Piano compilation “Music to Quiet Your World.”
Pianist/Composer, songwriter and recording artist Brenda Warren began playing piano at four years of age and entered the Detroit Conservatory of Music at eight. Brenda chose to attend San Francisco State University to continue studying music and received a Bachelors degree in music composition and theory. While at San Francisco State she studied classical piano with Dutch concert pianist Herman Vanderkamp and after graduation with pianist/composer William Allaudin Mathieu.
Composer Stefano Guzzetti writes and produces music for piano and for multimedia. He teaches Sound Design for Movies at the University of Cagliari and his works are frequently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He tours solo with his string trio, Ensemble, in Europe, USA and Japan. He collaborates with stylists Dolce & Gabbana for whom he has played in Sicily and New York (hosted by the actress Sarah Jessica Parker). His music on Spotify has recently received a total of more than 23 million plays.
All CrusaderBeach songs have been created and performed by UK-based composer Adrian Webster. Originally from the seaside town of Blackpool in England and he now resides in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Adrian has been composing music for the piano and keyboards for as long as he can remember. Thanks to 10 million YouTube views, over ¼ million streams on Spotify and 10K sheet music sales, the CrusaderBeach sound is being discovered by piano music lovers around the world. CrusaderBeach songs are popular as background music in short films and promotional videos, and the perfect accompaniment to couples on their wedding day.
James Michael Stevens is the Music Department Chairman of Welch College in Gallatin, TN, He is well known around the world for his relaxing and romantic piano music which has been purchased and performed in more than 50 different countries. Published with numerous companies, his works include choral, piano, organ, and instrumental compositions in the school and church market and on network and cable TV with shows such as with The Young & the Restless on CBS. Stevens and his wife, Babra, resides in Nashville, TN.
Rich Batsford is a pianist, composer and singer-songwriter. He is a recording artist and a frequent performer, initially in and around his birthplace in Birmingham UK, and more recently in Adelaide, Australia, presenting concerts featuring original solo piano music with a classical influence. His role as a musician is to create music that is simple, beautiful and easy to enjoy. Many of his influences are classical, but he listens to contemporary music too, particularly downtempo electronica. People mostly find his music is relaxing.
The Italian independent pianist Olivia Belli has always been interested in contemporary music and all kinds of relationship between different arts. She and her husband founded the festival “Perpianosolo Meeting” where they could enjoy many projects: the recording of the Makrokosmos by George Crumb together with famous masterpieces of the classic repertoire; shows in collaboration with dancers, actors, photographers, video makers, painters… shows where the piano had the main role. She is inspired by Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, & Philip Glass and has recorded several albums of their songs. Go to her Spotify artist page here.
Mattio Vlad Morleo is an Italian composer and musician. He was born in Fasano, Puglia, Italy. He began his musical studies at 8 years old, playing piano. He also plays the flute. Mattio begins the academic musical path at the Conservatory of Music "N. Piccinni”. His musical experiences are alternating with piano and flute. He is also getting recognition in the field of composition. His work as a composer ranges from various musical genres and styles: pop, classical, rock, ambient and minimal.
Luigi Morleo was born in Mesagne, Italy in 1970. Luigi is presently teaching Percussion at the N. Piccinni Conservatory in Bari. He was percussionist with the Teatro Petruzzelli Orchestra in Bari and from 1992 to 1994 was percussionist and timpanist with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Provincial Administration in Bari. He is now the timpanist of the Bari Society of Concert Orchestra while has played in Europe, Japan and China. He is very active as a soloist and conductor at International Festivals in Italy and throughout the world.
Michele Nobler has had a passion for music since childhood. Even before knowing how to read the notes, he already expressed himself playing his original improvisations. He considers music linked to images and more in general to the perception of the world through "sound images". This passion, encouraged by Mo. Antonio Del Lungo (at the Music Association Vincenzo Galilei), accompanied him during his five years of study at the Conservatory Composition Experimental School L. Cherubini in Florence.
Tristan Eckerson has written music and performed in multiple groups on both U.S. Coasts, Canada, and Europe, recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, writing string arrangements for the Magik*Magik Orchestra, receiving his Master's degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Tristan’s life, musical and otherwise, has been that of a nomad since his teenage years, when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his musical career. He has written original music for multiple award winning films, commercials, and animation projects.
Marlowe Carruth was graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in both Piano Performance and Music Education. Marlowe gives credit to her father for making sure she had the college preparation needed in order to major in music. Tragically, he passed away just before she graduated from high school, so he did not get to see the fruit of his investment. He did know, however, that she was planning to major in music. Marlowe was chosen by the Meredith music faculty as the Presser Scholar, an honor bestowed on the most outstanding senior music major.
Jakob Lindhagen has played instruments since the age of five. He is a composer, music producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob is regularly composing for films, notably the critically acclaimed ”Skörheten ”(Fragility) and Palme d’Or-nominee ”Push It”. Jakob has also released solo works for piano. Some include stringed instruments.
Mark Deeks has spent more than 20 years working as a musical director, pianist, arranger and teacher, and has built a really diverse group of musicians as a client base. From artists such as Faye Tozer of Steps to black metal bands Winterfylleth (a band Mark ended up joining!) and Drudkh. He has given Lenny Henry piano lessons, and written versions of songs by metal stars Sonata Arctica for symphony orchestra and choir.
Grammy-nominated composer Gunnar Madsen has written for the Minnesota Opera, Lincoln Center, NPR, and the National Beef Council; performed on PBS, the BBC, The Tonight Show and on every “Good Morning!” show in the U.S.; founded the acclaimed acapella group The Bobs; won virtually every major award for children’s music; provided the singing voice for Don Cheadle’s Sammy Davis Jr. in “The Rat Pack”; has music featured throughout “Sex and the City”; co-wrote the award-winning Off Broadway musical “The Shaggs”, which the NY Times called “awe-inspiring”: appeared in and wrote music for the Vince Vaughan film “The Break Up”.
Sjors Mans is an artist and composer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has a need to simply create while enjoying the process without overthinking or criticizing too much. His pieces alternate between soft melancholic piano melodies, intense synth sequences and captivating ambient textures,
Greg Maroney is an award winning contemporary pianist and composer whose emotionally rich and accessible music is played and loved around the world. Peaceful and serene or dark and passionate, his compositions reflect a life lived in harmony with nature and a profound love of the beauty surrounding him. Greg lives with his wife Linda, and a few dogs, on a small farm in south central Pennsylvania.
Bzur was born in Cagliari – Sardinia – Italy. He started studying piano at age 7. His first works were deeply influenced by European electronic music masters Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. A solo project in 2007 helped sharpen and develop his composition skills in entirely new directions. Since then, he has composed more than 400 tracks, ranging from electronic (experimental, ambient), to piano solo (short improvisations, lullabies), to orchestral (epic mood, melancholic, soundtrack oriented) and any other styles and genres that piqued his interest.
Rob Costlow feels that music lovers of all ages become transported to a less complicated, more relaxed world with his collection of original piano melodies that showcase the talent and universal reach of his passionate and raw sound. Even though Costlow's music gets compared to certain genres, his style is not specifically ambient, new age, classical or jazz. Costlow simply delivers independent, sincere and contemporary music to which listeners can easily relate.
A New Jersey native, Ken moved to Atlanta in the mid 1990’s. He spent nearly a year in post-production both planning and saving to finance the release of his album. Ken and his wife then moved to Los Angeles, California. Ken is shaking things up by working on original film scores and custom composing projects. In addition, he has two more Music For Commuting outtake albums, a new original solo piano CD/album, another lullaby album, patriotic ambient music, and just when you thought it was safe – some vocal tracks. As always, he is enjoying all the plastic surgery, botox, teeth whitening, collagen and abundant sunshine Los Angeles has to offer.
Massachusetts native Peter Vantine is an accomplished pianist and award-winning composer. His music has been featured on the concert stage as well as in film, television, and media. In 2014, Peter was nominated for Album of the Year by Whisperings Solo Piano radio. He was the grand prize recipient of the 2001 Turner Classic Movies Young Composer's Competition and has produced numerous music albums/CDs (many of which include his own music) while arranging or performing on many others.
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is the director of Music Vision Studios, where she teaches piano, theory and composition. She is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher with a degree in Piano Performance. As a composer she has contributed to the film industry, and her work as been featured on international radio broadcast. She is also active as a lyricist, producer and recording artist, with honors from the Producer's Choice Awards, Clouzine International Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, multi-recipient of the Global Music Awards, and the Prestige Music Awards. She is active in collaborations with other composers from all over the world.
The music of concert pianist, composer and Steinway Artist, Carol Comune dances between the serious and light, the traditional and contemporary, with strong influences from her Italian heritage. Her lyricism paired with technical precision have earned her a reputation as one of today’s premiere pianists, performing extensively throughout the eastern US both as a soloist and chamber musician. Comune’s music has over 13 million streams on Spotify and has been featured on NPR, NBC Today Show, Pandora and other worldwide streaming services.
Jesse Brown is a Canadian piano teacher, composer, and recording artist. He runs a piano lesson studio out of his frozen prairie home where he spends countless hours teaching, composing, recording and releasing music, as well as writing and publishing piano music books. Originally mentored by his mother, Jesse’s path was far from traditional, drawing on influences of from his older brother and his father. It is not surprising to hear these influences as you listen to Jesse’s contemporary classical compositions. His recordings have been made on an upright piano similar to the one of his childhood.
The Nashville-based Cristina Spinei writes music that has been described as “hypnotically rhythmic and melodically pleasing.” Active as a composer and a performer, she is much in demand with dance companies and international ensembles. Upon graduating from Juilliard she co-founded Blind Ear, a collective of composers and musicians who present technology-driven concerts. Cristina’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by organizations including orchestras, ballets, piano quartets, and many more. She received her BM and MM in composition from the Juilliard School where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse.
With a background of training in classical music, Amy is known for writing unique, beautifully melodic and elegant new age piano music. Heard worldwide on internet and broadcast radio stations and released internationally, her music has consistently appeared in the top of the new age music charts. Amy is an artist on the popular internet radio station, Whisperings - Solo Piano Radio, Pandora and several other streaming platforms.
Merrill Crissey began learning piano as a child. He studied music at University before moving to Japan where he lived for over seven years. His music draws on the richness of the classical music of the past but is influenced by modern sensibilities and a love of a variety of genres. His aim is to write music that speaks to the emotions as well as the mind. His debut album was based on the biblical story of creation. Since then, he has released two reimaginings of J.S. Bach preludes as well as the 2019 single Summerfield.
Liza Zharikova is a composer and a violinist from St. Petersburg, Russia. When she was only 3 years old, she began to study music. She studied violin at St.Petersburg Conservatory. Now Liza is successfully developing as a composer and an arranger. She works a lot with famous musicians Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo
Barbara is an award-winning pianist and composer. Her relaxing and beautiful piano instrumentals are played on Pandora Radio and several prestigious piano and new age radio stations. She is also a prolific and published songwriter with placements in television shows. Pianist and songwriter Barbara Graff studied piano at a young age. As a child, Barbara won awards for creative writing. Writing songs with words is the perfect marriage of her two loves, music and writing. Her song "Christmas Magic" was selected as one of the Top Holiday songs of 2015 by Jango Radio and featured in a musical production. Her song, "No Regrets" was selected by Songtradr, a major licensing platform, as one of their "Latest and Greatest Songs of 2019.” Many artists have careers that peak at any early age, and then feel their best years are behind them. Barbara’s “Second Act” is a long way from reaching the zenith. Barbara knows life is full of surprises, and the best is yet to come.
Daniel got his first piano lessons when he was five years old. In 1994, he began receiving instruction from the great piano teacher, Prof. Gregor Weichert. During his 11 years of classical piano training, he won first prize in the "Jugend Musiziert" piano competition several times over. It was during a visit to the United States in 2003 where he fell in love with Swing, Boogie and Jazz piano. Daniel plays more than 100 concerts every year not only with his Trio, but alongside different Swing, Blues and Rock n' Roll bands. In 2017 Daniel recieved the “German Boogie Woogie Award Pinetop“ in the category “Boogie and Swing Piano". For more information on Daniel's work as a Jazz pianist, please visit: www.daniel-paterok.de If he's not traveling and playing live, he is teaching piano at the university in his hometown or composing contemporary piano music in his studio that you can purchase here, on bprmusic.com.
Casey Crosby developed a reputation as a versatile performer and accompanist, playing with singers and bands of many genres while maintaining a busy schedule of classical and church music. He has spent many years on different record labels as a tour pianist and session player as well as maintaining a strong presence in the classical arts working with ballet and modern dance instructors and choreographers. His professional travels have taken him around the world and he has had residence in 5 European countries. Casey now resides in Zurich, Switzerland and performs and records under the new age, rural folk piano genre but his influences of classical and Celtic music along with his roots of gospel are very evident to the listener.
Rada Neal began her life in a refugee camp in Germany, the daughter of two Yugoslavian refugees. Her family moved to Indiana soon after World War II. Rada's first piano was given to her family by their neighbors who were moving and didn't wish to take their heavy piano with them. Rada was curious about the instrument and as soon as her mother noticed her interest piano lessons began. Fast forward and Rada has graduated from The School of Music @ Indiana University and most recently performed in a concert @ Carnegie Hall. She continues to write, practice and perform for private events.
Simon Daum at age three, as he was told by his parents, made his first attempts to compose his own music. At age 11, Simon came across the music of the pianist and composer Jon Schmidt, today best known from the The Piano Guys. His music and friendship had a tremendous influence upon Simon, and his desire to become a full time musician got shaped. Simon’s first great love was to write piano solo music. Over time he also discovered his interest and joy in orchestrating, and today you will find a great variety of music amongst Simon’s compositions. Though Simon loves the challenge of writing new styles, most of his music is still focused upon the piano. Well known composers that sound like Simon include Thomas Newman, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, and Jon Schmidt.