Donal Fox: In the Pursuit of Truth and Beauty is music and art to inspire, reflect, motivate and empower, as we slowly bend the arc to equality and social justice for all.

Writes Fred Brouchard for The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Another medley touched on the political climate that Fox joshed 'could get me deported.' His resounding Star-Spangled Banner, Fractured reimagines the Key anthem, drawing eloquently and explosively from Charles Ives’ playbook (swags of sustained arpeggios from Concord Sonata) with haunted echoes of Chopin’s Marche Funèbre. It evolved into The People United Will Not Be Defeated, a Chilean revolutionary song by Sergio Ortega bestowed with academic credentials via Frederick Rzewski’s roaring hour of variations. Fox crafted his own variations, with stylistic touches reminiscent of Oscar Peterson and Kenny Barron, that waxed majestic, pleading, conciliatory."

Internationally acclaimed as a composer, pianist, and improviser, Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. Praised by The Boston Globe as "unique and utterly commanding," Fox de- and reconstructs Bach, Piazzolla, Schumann, Monk, Schoenberg and more, adding propulsive grooves and using composed themes as springboards for glorious improvisational flights that blend baroque with bebop, twelve-tone techniques with twelve-bar blues.

A Steinway Artist, Fox has premiered his works at such prestigious venues as Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has served as the first African-American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony. Other recent appearances have included the National Gallery of Art in DC, the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and the Rockport Jazz Festival.

Fox's fluency across genres has led to collaborations and recordings with the likes of David Murray, Oliver Lake, Quincy Troupe, Regina Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maya Beiser and Hilary Hahn, along with the Richmond Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Among his many accolades, Fox is a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music.


"A composer, pianist and improviser who deftly draws from jazz and classical contemporary traditions."

The New York Times



"[Fox's] innovative amalgam of Baroque and bebop (with a little bit of Babalu) is unique and utterly commanding."

The Boston Globe


"His playing on the classics is superb, and on the pianissimo of the Dowland his fingers touch the keys with the delicacy of a butterfly alighting on a flower."

The Boston Examiner


"Art Tatum on the right hand; Johann Sebastian Bach on the left; Donal Fox in the middle."

Terrance McKnight, WQXR


Audio: Donal Fox Live on WQXR Emancipation 150


Audio: Donal Fox Live on Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon