J.B. Floyd

J.B. Floyd is professor emeritus of keyboard performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he served as department chair for many years. JB Floyd’s musical interests are diverse. As a pianist, composer, and improviser, his music making includes classical piano recitals and solo appearances with orchestra; new music performances as a soloist and collaborator; and jazz concerts. His compositions include solo piano pieces, works for piano/Disklavier and computer assisted electronic instruments, and works for chorus, orchestra, jazz ensembles and chamber music combinations. He received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of North Texas, and a D.M. in Performance from Indiana University. JB Floyd was awarded a Town Hall (NYC) debut recital by the National Guild of Piano Teachers competition and received a Fulbright scholarship for study in Vienna. He also received an artist-in-residence appointment to Hawaii by the Ford Foundation and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Floyd has collaborated on many occasions with David Rosenboom in concerts of two-piano improvisations; they have also performed simultaneously on Yamaha Disklaviers from “virtual stages” in Santa Monica, CA and New York City over Internet Electric Cafe International, a network of sites around the world linked by teleconferencing systems, videophones and computers.


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