donal fox

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Donal Fox

Pianist, Composer, Improviser

"A composer, pianist and improviser who deftly draws from jazz and classical contemporary traditions."
— The New York Times

"Art Tatum on the right hand; Johann Sebastian Bach on the left; Donal Fox in the middle."
— Terrance McKnight, WQXR

"Donal Fox is simply without peer."
— Howard Mandel, Downbeat

Internationally acclaimed as a composer, pianist, and improviser, Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz and classical idioms into intricate, electrifying performances. He plays with an improviser's spirit of adventure, whether playing stride piano on Baroque repertoire, or blending the harmonic language of the New Viennese School with bebop. Fox de- and reconstructs Bach, Piazzolla, Schumann, Monk, and Schoenberg, adding propulsive grooves and using composed themes as springboards for glorious improvisational flights.

A Steinway Artist, Fox has premiered 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. Fox's fluency across genres has led to collaborations with the likes of David Murray, Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield and Hilary Hahn, along with the Richmond Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Among his many accolades, Fox is a former Guggenheim fellow, and a recent recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music.


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