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Fred Moyer

For over 30 years, the career of Fred Moyer has been characterized by his exacting approach to music-making, one that skillfully covers a wide variety of musical eras and genres. His artistry, enthusiasm, adventurous programming, and insightful and witty commentary have made him a favorite among audiences of all ages. Born into an artistic family whose members include a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a poet and several musicians, Moyer began his own piano studies at seven, pursuing youthful obsessions that ranged from the Tijuana Brass to Oscar Peterson to Sergei Rachmaninoff. He studied jazz intensively in junior and senior high and, while still in high school, received a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music. Shortly after graduation from college, Moyer made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, launching a career that has flourished ever since.

Moyer has appeared as piano soloist with the major orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Boston, Singapore, Dallas, Buffalo, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. Conductors under whom he has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Colin Davis and Charles Dutoit. Moyer’s repertoire reflects an affinity for the complete range of classical music and beyond. His 24 recordings span the piano repertoire from Baroque to contemporary works. Composers who have written for Moyer include classical and jazz composer Donal Fox, and David Ott, whose “Second Piano Concerto” Moyer recorded with the London Symphony. Moyer is a also member of the Jazz Arts Trio, which plays note for note transcriptions of improvisations by the great jazz piano trios of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner and others. Moyer’s wide-ranging interests have led to contributions to music in other unique ways, lending his formidable musical talents to such causes as Habitat for Humanity and a music school in Port au Prince, Haiti, where he visits regularly to teach and perform. Moyer’s activities have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the United States Information Service, Concert Artists Guild, the US China Arts Exchange, the Korean Cultural Foundation and many others.