Simone Dinnerstein

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American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The Independent praises the "“majestic originality of her vision"” and NPR reports, “"She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours . . . She’'s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation."” The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked 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 New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

The four solo albums Ms. Dinnerstein has released since then - The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), Something Almost Being Said (Sony), and Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (Sony)– - have also topped the classical charts, with Bach: A Strange Beauty making the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the entire music industry's sales of albums in all genres. Ms. Dinnerstein was the bestselling instrumentalist of 2011 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was included in NPR's 2011 100 Favorite Songs from all genres. Of her latest recording of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias,The New York Times raved, "...in these 'Inventions & Sinfonias,' too often relegated to the teaching studio, it is the specific motion she gives each piece - as if every contrapuntal line had a physiognomy of its own - that makes this recording so arresting."

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Simone's next Sony album, J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, available January 2014

Sony Classical will release Simone's next album, a recording of J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, in the US on January 21, 2014 and internationally on January 6, 2014. The recording was made at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

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Simone's next Sony album, J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, available January 2014

Sony Classical will release Simone's next album, a recording of J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, in the US on January 21, 2014 and internationally on January 6, 2014. The recording was made at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, originally written in 1723 as musical guide for keyboard players, remain a core part of the piano repertoire for students, amateurs, and professional musicians alike and have been lifelong companions for Dinnerstein.

Simone says, "The first keyboard pieces of Bach that I remember hearing were his Inventions, when I was nine years old. The music seemed impossibly expressive and virtuosic at the time, and wholly beyond my abilities. Here were two continuous and independent voices, neither of which was subservient to the other. Until then I had thought of music as melody and accompaniment. An instrumental training is as much a training in how to listen as in how to play. In the text that accompanies the Inventions, Bach calls them 'an honest guide.' His Inventions and Sinfonias are marvels in demonstrating just how potent counterpoint is as an aid to expression, and how powerful a cantabile voice can be when surrounded by contradiction and elaboration. These small masterpieces have snippets of dances in them, laments and celebrations, simplicity and complexity."

Following the release of the album, Simone will be performing Bach's Inventions in cities throughout the US. 

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