2012 Special Guest Leon Fleisher working with students in a master class.
Harold Danko is well recognized from long-term associations with jazz legends including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video. During the last two decades he has become increasingly known as a band leader, composer, and solo pianist, and is well documented in those capacities on more than thirty CDs on the SteepleChase and SunnySide labels. As a leader he has been featured at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series, Washington DC Performing Arts Society series at J.F.K. Center, and numerous jazz festivals both in the USA and abroad. He recently returned from performing and teaching in Taiwan, Italy, and Switzerland.
Professor Danko has been on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, since 1998. Danko has won ASCAP awards yearly since the early 80’s for the value of his catalog of original compositions.
While Taylor has a well-earned reputation for his exquisite performances of Bach and his exciting performances of romantic piano concertos, he has captured the attention of the music world with his recent tour de force programming of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus. “Before a rapt audience at the Miller Theater on Saturday night, Mr. Taylor, a lanky 31-year-old pianist who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Harvard, gave an astonishing performance of Messiaen’s complete “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus,” more than two hours of some of the most complex and difficult music ever written for the piano. And he played the 176-page score from memory.”
Christopher Taylor was honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is the winner of the Kapell Competition, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition. He records for the JonathanDigital label.
College Classical first place tie: Yuting Zhou and Sam Gingher
College Honorable mention: Michael Tsang
High School Classical First Place: Brian Le
High School Classical Second Place: Charles Oestreich
College Jazz first place: Eric Krouse
College Jazz Second Place: Grace Leong (not pictured)
College Jazz Honorable Mention: Jacob Womack
High School Jazz First Place: David Donaldson
High School Jazz Second Place: Brian Donaldson