American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is known for her “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent) and her “lean, knowing, and unpretentious elegance” (The New Yorker). Her self-produced recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2007 brought her considerable attention. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, which called her “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.” She has gone on to make ten albums since then with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Ravel, all of which have topped the Billboard Classical charts. Her most recent album, A Character of Quiet, was recorded from her home and released this past September.
The New York-based pianist’s performance schedule has taken her around the world. She has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and many others. Additionally, she has performed in correctional facilities for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues.
Recent highlights include Dinnerstein’s recital at the Kennedy Center; her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra; touring of Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that Philip Glass wrote for her as a co-commission by twelve orchestras; Circles, her world premiere recording of the concerto with A Far Cry; participating in the premiere of André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope with Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen music festivals; and a residency in San Francisco with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, among others. Most recently, she created her own string ensemble, Baroklyn, which she directs from the keyboard.
Dedicated to her community in Brooklyn, Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics in 2009, a concert series that raises funds for music education programs in New York City schools, and Bachpacking, a music program for elementary schools. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, Dinnerstein is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music.