"A standout among today's young pianists ... superb ... grace, finesse, and polish ... His virtuosity and strength might have had some believing that Liszt himself had taken over the keyboard."
"Sunk into Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 as if he wrote it himself."
The Trenton Times
"One of the finest young pianists of his generation."
"Master of both grand gesture and the sensual line ... exquisite ... exceptionally articulate."
The Washington Post
"Flair and bravado."
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
"Intensity ... technical brilliance ... clarity ... Don't miss him ... brought to mind Van Cliburn in Moscow ... A treasure for all!"
The Winchester Star
The Lima News
American pianist THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.
His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the "Pops" genre, Thomas' critically acclaimed performances of Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Concerto in F (Gershwin), Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) and the James Bond Concerto (Proctor) are immensely popular.
Among his engagements during the 2015-16 season, will be as guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, The Ohio Valley Symphony, The Maryland Symphony, The Cheyenne Symphony, the North Charleston Pops, The Alexandria Symphony, The Wilson Symphony and The Amadeus Orchestra. His recital touring schedule will take him to California, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Tennessee. Wyoming, Oregon, and British Columbia. He will also appear in a number of duo recitals with violinist, Emil Altschuler.
Thomas' international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe. He has collaborated with conductors such as Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Lawrence Rapchak, and Gordon Johnson.
An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas Pandolfi's virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marvin Hamlisch are in much demand. For the 2015-16 season, he is offering further such transcriptions in unique programs entitled "Burt, Barry and Beyond" (the music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow), as well as "Happy Birthday Frank, the Voice of the 20th Century", a celebration of Sinatra.
British composer, Simon Proctor, has also written a "Sinatra Piano Concerto" for Thomas to coincide with the 100th birthday celebration of Mr. Sinatra. Following a violin concerto for Midori, and a saxophone concerto for Brandford Marsalis, film and concert composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge have composed The American Piano Concerto for Thomas. The premier performance will be presented on May 7, 2016.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. He is the father of two beautiful children, and resides in Washington, DC.