Paul Posnak plays “with respect and passion, producing readings that were as notable for their musicality and their artistic integrity as they were for their pianism.”
Paul Posnak’s international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age eight. He won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition as well as the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. He has performed at such venues as the White House, Supreme Court, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York, and throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to critical acclaim.
A highly regarded collaborative artist, Dr. Posnak has worked with many world-renowned vocalists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, including the Emerson String Quartet, Fine Arts String Quartet, Vega String Quartet, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Portland String Quartet, Bergonzi String Quartet. His fourteen recordings of solo and chamber works for labels such as EMI, Naxos, Vox, Arabesque, Centaur, Yamaha Disklavier Artist Series, Cambria. A new CD recording, The Tangos of Ernesto Nazareth, was released in 2006 on the Cambria label. His recent film on Chopin, directed by documentary film maker Anthony Allegro, has attracted international attention.
In May, 2003, he gave a special performance for the Supreme Court of the United States. Since November 2005, Dr. Posnak has serves as a judge of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series in Miami Shores, FL.
Dr. Posnak’s reconstructions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from the old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority.
His transcriptions of 16 of Thomas “Fats” Waller’s greatest solos have just been re-issued in their second edition by Hal Leonard. His arrangements of Gershwin Songs for Two Pianos were published by Alfred in 2007 and have been selected by the Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition as the required work for the 2008.