I’m a collaborative pianist and accompanist residing in Philadelphia, PA. If you have a recording, recital, audition or competition coming up, I’d be happy to work with you on your vocal or instrumental repertoire.
I typically don’t do cocktail hours or event music, but if you’d like to get in touch, I may make an exception or refer you to another talented pianist in the Center City area.—Adam
Piano Accompanist for Singers in Philadelphia
Do you have a performance or audition coming up? I’m available for playing and recording engagements in Philadelphia, and I would enjoy collaborating with you on your music. I’ve been working with singers since 2009, and I’ve accompanied arias, art songs, worship music, musicals, and everything in between. I also enjoy working with choirs and ensembles – if you are a choir director at an education, civic, or religious institution, feel free to get in touch.
I’m a former vocalist myself, so I’m acutely aware of your needs as a singer. I sang semi-professionally in several concert series with the Fort Worth Orchestra, and I’ve performed with countless choirs and vocal ensembles.
Whether you’re singing Verdi, Roger Quilter, Cole Porter, or Giordani, I’d love to work with you.
Piano Accompanist for Instrumental Music
Instrumentalists have it tough — you have to work with orchestral or band transcriptions for concerto competitions and auditions, and instrumental literature typically has much more difficult piano parts than vocal music.
I’ve worked with countless string players, woodwind players, and brass players, so I’m aware of your situation. As long as you give me enough warning, I’m happy to work with you on Mozart’s Concerto in B Flat, the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, the Elgar Cello Concerto, or anything else.
What Makes a Good Collaborative Pianist?
Your pianist will obviously need to play the notes and rhythms correctly, but piano accompanying goes a few steps further.
If you’re a singer, you’ll need a pianist who is sensitive to the rubato in Italian art songs and arias, and it doesn’t hurt if they get the gist of German, Italian, and other pronunciation. A good collaborative pianist also knows how to play beneath the surface — after all, we’re there to make you look good, not ourselves.
In my experience, instrumental music requires extraordinary attention to rhythm – if your collaborative pianist can’t count well enough to keep up with advanced 20th century or 21st century music, your audition won’t go well.
In sum, good collaborative pianists understand the music they are playing (meaning they’ve listened to orchestral and band scores), are more interested in supporting the soloists than showcasing their own talents, and are an all-around great team player.
Let’s Talk About Your Upcoming Performance
Whether you need someone who can accompany each singer in your vocal studio or handle your challenging instrumental work, I’d be happy to chat with you about your needs. Get in touch at your earliest convenience.thms correctly, but piano accompanying goes a few steps further.