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I cannot believe how completely [Mr. Gindes] was attuned to the content of the music, the beautiful piano tone, and the absolutely appropriate sentiment of every moment!
~ New York Concert Review

An American pianist

Acclaimed for his dramatic and athletic performances, Dr. Ian Gindes is a gifted American pianist.  His ability to tackle intense passages and yet have a sensitive singing tone has captivated audiences while attracting the attention of well-known classical musicians. His performances have drawn high praise from critics, performers, and audience members alike.

In 2016, Ian released his new album, American Visions, celebrating American classical composers from the 20th Century to today. Described as “…a technical tour de force,” by Fanfare magazine, the album has been featured on radio stations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including American Veterans Radio, Classique One Paris, WWFM, WILL, KAHM, SiriusXM Symphony Hall, and Chicago's WFMT. Gindes’ work was applauded by reviewers at Fanfare magazine, stating, “[He] performs American music with a sensitivity we usually associate with renditions of the European Romantic masters,” and in Gramophone magazine’s June 2016 issue, Gindes was praised for his “keyboard brilliance.” Recently, the recording has received more international acclaim, reviewed as “Rousing from start to finish!” by The Whole Note magazine.

Gindes has received many honors and awards for his contributions as a performing artist. He is a 2011 first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, for which he was honored with his Weill Recital Hall debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Gindes returned to New York in 2014 for the Bradshaw and Buono Festival of Music. He has also been presented with a CD collection in his name at the University of Colorado at Boulder Library, one of the most extensive compendia of piano recordings in the United States. 

Dr. Gindes also serves as a commissioned officer in the United States Army National Guard. Following in this spirit of service to neighbor and country, he has given highly publicized performances to honor and raise funds for families of soldiers and victims of terrorism and war. His performances of works by American composers, including Copland and Gershwin, in addition to Romantic period masters, such as Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin, are inspired by his service.

Ian completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2011 at the University of Illinois under the guidance of Ian Hobson.  He holds a Master’s of Music from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Errol Haun, and a Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University.  His past teachers include Ms. Bonnie Farrer, a student of the late Rosina Lhévinne, and his father, Andrew, who as a young man had studied with Ania Dorfmann and Michel Piastro.  A native of Southern California, he and his wife now reside in Urbana, Illinois.