Adam Tendler on stage, playing piano in front of a purple screen.

Adam Tendler

relentlessly adventurous pianist

The Washington Post

A recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists and the 2022 Yvar Mikhashoff Prize, “currently the hottest pianist on the American contemporary classical scene” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), a “remarkable and insightful musician” (LA Times), and “relentlessly adventurous pianist” (Washington Post) “joyfully rocking out at his keyboard” (New York Times), Adam Tendler is an internationally recognized interpreter of living, modern and classical composers. A pioneer of DIY culture in concert music who has commissioned and premiered major works by Christian Wolff and Devonté Hynes alike, in his early twenties Tendler performed in all fifty United States as part of a grassroots recital tour he called America 88×50, which became the subject of his memoir, 88×50, a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award nominee. He has gone on to become one of classical and contemporary music’s most recognized artists, recently appearing as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, LA Philharmonic and on the mainstages of the Barbican, Carnegie Hall and BAM. He has been presented by the NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and a host of other leading series and platforms including The Broad Museum, Guggenheim,Liquid Music, The Kitchen, le Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, KnockdownCenter, Issue Project Room, Maverick Concerts, Roulette, Death of Classical,Baryshnikov Arts Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and NYC Pride. In 2023, Tendler will perform as soloist with the  Toronto Symphony, Vienna’s Big Island Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and at the Sydney Opera House.

Tendler maintains a career as a concert soloist, recording artist, speaker and educator. In 2022, he used the complete inheritance left to him by his father after his unexpected death to commission new works by a composer roster that includes Laurie Anderson, Devonté Hynes, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Christopher Cerrone, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Timo Andres and Pamela Z as part of a project called Inheritances, which LiquidMusic and WildUp, and will have its NY premiere at the 92Y. Recent recording projects include Robert Palmer: PianoMusic on New World Records, Liszt’s Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses on the Steinway Label, and an appearance on Sō Percussion’s recording of Julius Eastman’s StayOn It. He has also recorded performances and masterclasses for EditionPeters, and is featured in a new printed edition of John Cage’s In a Landscape. Tendler has performed the complete major piano works of Aaron Copland, regularly performs and consults on the music of Julius Eastman, and is a champion and expert in the music of John Cage, collaborating frequently with the John Cage Trust and Edition Peters in presenting Cage’s work internationally. He recently released his second book, tidepools.

Adam Tendler is a Yamaha Artist, and serves on the piano faculty at New York University.


This page was last updated in June 2023.