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 remarkably warm and communicative tone uniquely "sings", projecting the poetry and emotion of whatever he plays---Thomas truly touches the hearts of all who hear him. His virtuosity is breathtaking, and his sense of phrasing and command of style are marvelously convincing.
Highlights during the 2018-19 concert season included engagements with the North Charleston Pops (SC), Symphony of the Americas (FL), Tysons McLean Orchestra (VA), Frederick Symphony (MD), Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (DC), Tiraspol Philharmonic (Moldova), Daqing Opera House Orchestra (China), and the Reston Chamber Orchestra (VA), as well as a coast to coast recital tour including the Community Concert Associations of Craven (NC), Miami Valley (OH), Topeka (KS), Seaford (DE), Brasstown (NC), Laguna Woods (CA), Turlock (CA), and Brookings Friends of Music (OR). Following the spectacular success of Thomas' Mozart / Beethoven and Chopin concerts for The Chamber Music Series at The Cosmos Club (DC), he again appeared twice on that series this season, as well as returned to the Palace Theatre (TN) and The Hylton Performing Arts Center (VA). Thomas made his debut at the Maryland Concert Series this season, and toured China with a full schedule of concerts during the month of November. During the 2019-20 Season, Thomas will make debut appearances with both The Florence Symphony (SC) and The Kennett Symphony (PA), and enjoy return engagements with The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (PA), Symphonicity (VA), The Barton College Wilson Symphony (NC), Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (DC), the Piedmont Symphony (VA), and the Prince George's Philharmonic (MD). He will also perform a twenty state recital tour throughout the United States.
Back by popular demand, he returned this summer for his 10th consecutive appearance at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (MD), as well as to the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (MD) for an all Chopin concert; additionally, he will return to China for a fourth time performing concerts and presenting masterclasses for gifted students.
Thomas has collaborated with numerous noted conductors, including Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Elizabeth Schulze, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Raffaele Ponti, Lawrence Eckerling, Ray Fowler, Glenn Quader, Scott Wood, Daniel Boothe, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Lawrence Rapchak, Norman Nunamker, Ulysses James and Gordon Johnson. His international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe, as well as a Canadian debuts in British Columbia and Toronto.
An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas Pandolfi's virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow are in much demand. In 2006, he released his first CD, and since then has recorded ten additional ones, including "Language of Infinity" (Chopin), "Gypsy Passages" (Liszt), "Into the Night with Gershwin", and the Paderewski Piano Concerto recorded in the Czech Republic with The Moravian Philharmonic.
Thomas enjoys working with new composers, and he has in particular championed the "Pops" Concerti of British composer, Simon Proctor, including The James Bond Concerto, in which Thomas gave the world premier performance in London during the 2010-11 season. He is scheduled to perform the world premier of Bohemian Concerto by British-Argentine composer, Polo Piatti, during the 2019-20 Season. Thomas co-commissioned film and concert composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge to compose The American Piano Concerto, which was an absolutely smashing success at its world premiere in May, 2016; a recording of this work is scheduled to be released soon.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Thomas earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. and is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter.