Paul Posnak’s international career as concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and educator began with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School of Music at age eight. Recipient of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Juilliard, and of the Loeb Prize (Juilliard’s highest award), Posnak won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. A highly regarded collaborative artist, Posnak has worked with world-renowned vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and has performed and recorded with many leading ensembles such as the Emerson, Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Portland, Amernet and Berzonzi String Quartets. His 14 recordings of solo and chamber works for EMI, Naxos, Vox, Arabesque, Cambria, Centaur and Yamaha Disklavier have received highest praise from the international press.
Posnak is featured on many NPR and European radio broadcasts. He is internationally renowned for his improvisations and note-for-note transcriptions and recordings of the great classic jazz pianist-composers, particularly George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller. His Waller transcriptions and Gershwin two-piano arrangements are published by Hal Leonard and Alfred. Recent engagements include solo performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, a recital for the U.S. Supreme Court, and performances, master classes and residencies throughout the U.S. and Europe. Professor of Keyboard Performance, Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Frost School, and Founding Artistic Director of the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series, Dr. Posnak is in much demand as a teacher and clinician in the U.S. and abroad.