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Jeni Slotchiver: Bio

"She combines a keen intelligence with a strong poetic impulse and a technique which is well up to Busoni's often fearsome challenges. Like the composer, she is no show-off, but a musician who finds a compelling balance between eloquence and restraint (not to be confused with constraint!). Her every performance is worthy of the highest respect."  -Marcus Dalton, Piano Magazine
 
"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."         - David Hurwitz CLASSICS TODAY 
 
"Jeni Slotchiver's virtuosity, polish and control of nuance make for some gripping music making, and her huge range of dynamics are a joy to have. - Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision
 
"Jeni Slotchiver [achieves] technical brilliance in her performance. Her musicality is of the same high standard…perfectly executed expression." - Rachel Bull, THE CLASSICAL SOURCE

"Jeni Slotchiver's virtuosity, polish and control of nuance make for some gripping music making, and her huge range of dynamics are a joy to have.- Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision

JeniSlotchiver earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University, before continuing her studies in New York City with Maestros German Diez, the legendary Cuban pianist, student and later teaching assistant of Claudio Arrau; and Joseph Bloch, Professor Emeritus, The Julliard School. Honored with performance grants from The Smithsonian Institute and the New York Public Libraries, Ms. Slotchiver gave her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall as the first prize winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions. A champion of twentieth century composers, Jeni Slotchiver is dedicated to the presentation of new and rarely heard music, and has given the world premieres of many works in major New York City recitals. Anthony Tommasini, in an article published in The New York Times on the eve of the millennium, selected Ms. Slotchiver's debut CD, Busoni The Visionary, as a Critics Choice: Appropriate For Millennial Reflection. David Hurwitz, in Classics Today, wrote, "Her wide range of keyboard color and sense of mystery are quite simply mesmerizing… Positively physical." Ms. Slotchiver participated in two international Busoni Symposiums, and she presented a historic all-Busoni performance at Merkin Concert Hall, the first of its kind in New York City in thirty years. Her three CD series, Busoni The Visionary, received worldwide critical acclaim. "No one plays Busoni's piano music with greater clarity or depth of understanding than Jeni Slotchiver. As she demonstrated in Volume I of this series, this is music she clearly loves and understands both intellectually and intuitively. There is no finer, or more committed, advocate for this greatly underrated composer working today." - Jerry Bowles, Editor, Sequenza/21, NYC.

Jeni Slotchiver has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist across the world, from Manhattan's Lincoln Center to the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. American radio and broadcast appearances include, NPR's Performance Today, WNYC's The Fishko Files, WPLN's Live in Studio C, WKCR's Live Constructions, and WQXR's Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal. Profiles of Jeni have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, Piano Magazine, CDNOW, SEQUENZA/21, Mundoclasico, Time Out NY, CaféMomus (Budapest), and PЖ (Moscow). Her articles and essays are published in many languages, and featured in prominent music periodicals, including Musical Opinion Quarterly, International Piano and Piano.

Following the success of the Busoni The Visionary series, Jeni is humbled to introduce something so intimately close to home. With Southern roots of her own, Ms. Slotchiver's debut ZOHO CD release,American Heritage, is her homage to the legendary composers preserving American folk music and creating anew. What was once familiar, is reborn.

1 Deep River  
2 Troubled Water  
3 From the Southland 1. Through Moanin' Pines  
4 From the Southland 2. The Frolic  
5 From the Southland In de Col' Moonlight  
6 From the Southland 4. A Jubilee  
7 From the Southland 5. On Bended Knees  
8 From the Southland 6. A New Hiding Place  
9 Union, Paraphrase de Concert op. 48  
10 The Banjo, Grotesque Fantasie, op 15  
11 Dances in the Canebreaks 1. Nimble Feet  
12 Dances in the Canebreaks 2. Tropical Noon  
13 Dances in the Canebreaks 3. Silk Hat and Walking Cane  
14 Dance - Juba  
15 The Blues, from Lenox Avenue  
16 Shenandoah  
17 Down By the Riverside  
18 Swanee River  

Following the success of the Busoni The Visionary series, Jeni is humbled to introduce something so intimately close to home. With Southern roots of her own, Ms. Slotchiver's debut ZOHO CD release American Heritage is her homage to the legendary composers preserving American folk music and creating anew. What was once familiar, is reborn.

Spanning 125 years, from Louis Moreau Gottschalk's The Banjo (ca. 1854-5) to Frederic Rzewski's Down by the riverside (1979), American Heritage presents piano compositions by composers of concert music, inspired by the melodies, dance rhythms, harmonic inventions and various stylistic elements evocative of the American experience. Of the eight composers represented, six are of African descent and two of these are women. There are quotes from spirituals, use of the African American pentatonic scale, the African call and response structure popularized in southern church tradition, polyphonic rhythms of jazz, and the rich, sultry harmonies of blues. With the exception of the rich musical heritage of Indigenous people, the largest and most important American folkloric body of work arrived on American shores with the first enslaved African people. 

Crossover Media Projects with: Jeni Slotchiver