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James Adler is a pianist who “can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard” (Chicago Sun-
Times) and a composer who writes “with uncommon imagination” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The Curtis
Institute of Music commissioned a new work from Mr. Adler as part of their Centenary Commissioning
Initiative “100x100.” He presented the world premiere of A Curtis Reflection for piano solo in recital at the
Yamaha Artist Services Studio NY in November for broadcast at Curtis during their Centenary Celebrations in
2024. In April, he appears in recital on the “Salon Concerts at Klavierhaus” series in New York, and also
performs on the Arts on Bergen midday concert series at Saint Peter’s University. His Suite Moderne for
Strings is featured at Virtual Concert Hall’s Laureate Gala on April 4 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In 2023, the Global Music Awards selected Mr. Adler as a Silver Medal Winner – Outstanding Achievement
in the Composer category for his album That Star in the Picture. The album also landed on the 2023 Top 20
Classical (Vocal) recording list of textura. Luciano Feliciani (Kathodik) calls this “a disc of great value, to be
savored slowly,” while Judith Clurman (Conductor, Essential Voices USA) notes that “James Adler writes
beautiful melodies.” This “exquisite” (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare), “lovely collection of lighter songs”
(Henry Fogel, Fanfare) features performances by cabaret artists Shana Farr and Michael Buchanan; Broadway
performer Kennedy Kanagawa; Perry Sook and Elizaveta Ulakhovich; and Metropolitan Opera mezzosoprano
Victoria Livengood in a new chamber version of Pie Jesu from Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem.
Mr. Adler is honored to serve on the Sound Espressivo Advisory Board. Sound Espressivo - Virtual
Classical/Jazz music is known for the competitions and events it hosts. In 2023-2024, performers will compete
for in-person concerto appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as with other orchestras
throughout the world. The “James Adler Audience Favorite Award” is presented during the Laureates Gala,
and Mr. Adler, a known interpreter of Rachmaninoff’s music, serves as a judge for a special competition
celebrating the life and music of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Mr. Adler made his orchestral performing debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in
recital on the Orchestra’s Allied Arts Piano Series, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series. His
appearances have brought him from Chicago’s Grant Park, to London’s Royal Albert Hall (broadcast by the
BBC), to Thesseloniki, Greece, to New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, and the Paramount Theatre
at Madison Square Garden.
His extensive list of compositions is headed by Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem. Performed worldwide,
recorded by AmorArtis Chorale and Orchestra, and published by Alfred Music, Memento mori features a
“range of expression [that] is expansive” and is “a unique, well-crafted, emotionally rich piece” (American
Record Guide). Other compositions include Reflections upon a September morn (poetry by Walt Whitman);
Songs of Innocence and of Experience (poetry by William Blake); A Winter Triptych (Albany Records);
Monday’s Child, performed at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and at The Metropolitan Museum of
Art; Carols of Splendour, premiered at Carnegie Hall (“A cheerful, splashy tour de force, skillfully
constructed and full of clever ideas,” The Choral Journal); It’s Gotta Be America, commissioned for the
Centennial Celebration of the Statue of Liberty; and Canticle For Peace, written for the opening of the 43rd
session of the United Nations General Assembly (published by Colla Voce Music). Mr. Adler is also the
composer of Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra (published by Alfred Music), the children’s “pOpera”
Herbie and Carnie: A Dinosaga, the Classic Rag-time Suite for orchestra, numerous solo, chamber, and choral
works, and the award-winning film score for The Hat Act.
As performer and composer, Mr. Adler can be heard on recordings from Albany Records, Capstone, Navona,
and Ravello Records. He is a member of the Arts Department at Saint Peter’s University, a National Arts
Associate in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, a recipient of the 2017 Marquis Lifetime
Achievement Award, and in 2018 was selected for membership in the SAI Composer’s Bureau. In 2023, he
was invited to join the Music Publishers Association of the United States. Mr. Adler is a Yamaha Artist.
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