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Fred Hersch

Pianist Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor
January 31, 2015
Drummer Jeff Tain Watts
Jeff “Tain” Watts
January 31, 2015

Fred Hersch

Pianist Fred Hersch

FRED HERSCH is an artist of unbounded imagination and ambition.

Born in Cincinnati on Oct. 21, 1955, Hersch began playing the piano at age four; he was composing at eight. His awards include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition; a Rockefeller Fellowship for a Bellagio residency; grants from Chamber Music America, The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer; seven composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony; and commissions from The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Gramercy Trio and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

A committed educator, Hersch has taught at The Juilliard School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music, and conducted a Professional Training Workshop for Young Musicians at The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in 2008. He is currently a member of the Jazz Studies faculty of The New England Conservatory and of Rutgers University.


Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.


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