One of this generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive.
A first prize-winner at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, East Coast Jazz Competition, and the American Pianists Association, Tepfer was voted Best New Artist in Jazz Times, and has regularly made DownBeat’s Rising Star list. As a composer he was awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
He has worked with the likes of jazz innovators Steve Lacey, Paul Motian, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lavano, Ralph Towner, Billy Hart and Mark Turner. Recent collaborations include performances with Aaron Diehl, Chris Potter, Gilad Hekselman, Joanna Wallfisch, ICE, and veteran jazz luminary Lee Konitz, with whom he has enjoyed a longstanding partnership.
Tepfer’s playing - whether performing with Lee Konitz at the Village Vanguard or leading his trio at the Jazz Standard, going solo with his complete Goldberg Variations/ Variations at New York's Le Poisson Rouge or playing in an all-star Bud Powell tribute at Birdland - is always a mix of the gorgeous and the vivacious, lyricism balanced with swing, freedom with cohesion.
He performs extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, as well as in Japan. Recent performances in the US and Canada have included National Sawdust and Bryant Park Presents in New York, Cleveland Piano Competition and Festival, Detroit Groove Society, San Francisco Jazz Performances, the Mansion at Strathmore, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Early Music Vancouver. In Europe - Radio France Festival Montpellier, Festival Moz’aique in Le Havre and Sunset-Sunside Jazz Club in Paris, as well as Kings Place London, Cully Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Jazz Dock in Prague.
Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets, such as his Duos with Lee, and Small Constructions with multi-reed player Ben Wendel, to richly layered trio albums of original compositions in Five Pedals Deep, Before the Storm and Oxygen. His acclaimed Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations sees him performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece alongside his own jazz variations on each movement.
His latest composition, Solar Spiral for Piano Quintet, was premiered at the 2016 Ravinia Festival with the Avalon String Quartet. Previous works include Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, performed at Carnegie Hall, and The View from Orohena, which received its European premiere at Prague Castle. His soundtrack to the independent film Movement and Location was voted best original score at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival.
Born in Paris to American parents, New York-based Tepfer studied classical piano as a child at the Paris Conservatoire-Paul Dukas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh before graduating from Boston’s New England Conservatory under the guidance of Danilo Perez.
His new trio album Eleven Cages, was released on Sunnyside Records in May 2017 receiving wide critical acclaim. His next duo album with Lee Konitz will be released this summer on Verve Records. He was also a major collaborator on French jazz vocalist Camille Bertault's album Pas de Géant released by Sony earlier this year. Future projects include US and European tours with the Dan Tepfer trio, performances of Acoustic Informatics, his innovative work with Yamaha’s Disklavier as a Yamaha Artist, and his unique and captivating Goldberg Variations / Variations.
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