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Jeni Slotchiver (Piano)

Born: USA

The American pianist, Jeni Slotchiver, began her formal musical studies at an early age. A recipient of several scholarships, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and The Aspen Music Festival. She earned a bachelor's and then master's degree (with honours) in piano performance, as well as a teaching fellowship from Indiana University. She resides in New York City where she has studied with German Diez, and through him, traces her musical lineage to Claudio Arrau. She is on the faculty of The Greenwich House Music School.

Jeni Slotchiver won several prizes and awards, which led, in 1991, to her solo debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She has toured throughout North America as lecturer and recitalist. Highlighting her recent solo recital performances was her ‘standing-room-only’ December 26 appearance at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (broadcast on National Public Radio). World known as a leading proponent and performer of the work of composer Ferruccio Busoni, she has presented all-Busoni programs at universities, festivals and concert series, appeared on the radio on WNYC Live, and NPR’s Performance Today (broadcast nation-wide), and has been featured in CDNow and Time Out, New York, magazines. Her 1997 Merkin Concert Hall recital, the first all-Busoni program in New York City in over 30 years, won the "heartfelt appreciation" of the Busoni Foundation.

A champion of 20th century composers, Jeni Slotchiver is dedicated to the presentation of new and rarely heard works. She has given the world premiers of several American composers in major New York City recitals (twice at Carnegie Hall). Her North American piano repertoire ranges from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, to Nathaniel Dett and Luis Gottschalk to the avant-garde Frederic Rzewski. Moreover, her expansive repertoire includes the collected works of many South American composers, among them Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Ernesto Lecuona, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, Win Muller, Astor Piazzolla, and Frutuoso Viana.

Jeni Slotchiver's series, Busoni The Visionary has received world-wide critical acclaim. Her debut CD was released on Centaur Records in November 1999 to immediate critical acclaim. Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times recommended this CD as one of only three “Appropriate for Millennial Reflection”. He wrote, “A fascinating program of piano works impressively played. A vivid performance. Filled with incandescent piano writing and music of stunning harmonic invention”. Michael Tanner, in Classic CD, described her performance as, "A towering spiritual statement, especially in a performance as fine as Slotchiver's, where the technical accomplishment is entirely at the service of the music's inward grandeur." From Singapore, Tony Gualtieri wrote, "A revelation…Bold and brazen…Jeni Slotchiver is a pianist of the highest artistry. Fully in control of this notoriously difficult material, she has the technical equipment to let the music speak without impediment… One feels the music is being allowed to sing." Furthermore, David Hurwitz in Classics Today, wrote, “…her wide range of keyboard color and sense of mystery are quite simply mesmerizing… positively physical. It’s rare indeed to hear an artist…with such strong (and poetic) ideas”. And finally, Robert Cummings writes in CDNow, “Her artistry sparkles throughout the disc, and the finest and subtlest details deftly emerge…It is, however, merely the first successful step on a journey that should be of immense recording significance”. European reviewers have begun to talk about her “technical brilliance”, “perfectly executed expression”, “subtlety, nuance, and colorful passagework”. Her second CD was also dedicated to the piano works of Ferruccio Busoni. She is currently working on Volume III of her Busoni series.

Source: Cadenza Website; Sequenza21 Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2007)

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Cadenza Musicians Directory: Jeni Slotchiver

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