HIE UP THE MOUNTAINMusic for Solo Piano
Derek Bermel, Jonathan Faiman, Ricky Ian Gordon, David Macdonald, Eric Samuelson, David Shohl, Ken Sullivan
JONATHAN FAIMAN, piano
REVIEWS"Faiman is a most agile pianist, surmounting each musical challenge with apparent ease. Above all his performances have come from deep inside him, that security with which he plays each work conveying his total commitment to the music...sizzling with vitality…wit and charm."
Fanfare - January/February 2000
"…there is considerable craft in the pieces, which leave the listener satisfied, and with a good deal to think about. Pianist Jonathan Faiman's own Piano Sonata shows a ready technique, and has some interesting passages. His collection of miniatures, Five Vaults, is quite diverse and…delightful. This Musicians Showcase disc is a major contribution to the available body of music by the generation now making its mark in American music."
Society of American Music
PROGRAM NOTESIntroducing the critically acclaimed debut CD of pianist and composer Jonathan Faiman. This CD contains more than 76 minutes of piano music from some of the hottest composers in New York City, including Ricky Ian Gordon, Derek Bermel and Eric Samuelson. Besides glorious sound, recorded in the Canadian Rockies at the Banff Centre, the disc is accompanied by a 12-page booklet of extensive notes on each composition as well as biographies of each composer represented.
Hailed by The New York Times as "a pianist with the kind of technique that affords remarkable clarity even in the speediest lines”, pianist and composer Jonathan currently resides in New York City where he performs and writes music for the Locrian Chamber Players and The Actors Company Theatre. He has won an ASCAP award for his work with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Mr. Faiman made his orchestral conducting debut with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, has performed concertos in Texas and Alberta and has given numerous solo and collaborative recitals throughout North America and in Israel. Mr. Faiman is on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his Doctorate. Mr. Faiman’s playing, arrangements, and compositions can also be heard on Play On: Music for The Actors Company Theatre. Recent commissions include Firecracker, based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, for Michael Mao Dance and a new piano concerto (with Mr. Faiman as soloist) for the Sinfonia da Camera, with Ian Hobson conductor.