American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has fast been gaining international attention since making a triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Recent and upcoming performances include Ms. Dinnerstein’s recital debuts in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, in San Francisco, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Bremen, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival; as well as debut performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Ensemble. In New York, she performs on the People’s Symphony series at Town Hall and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series during the 2007-2008 season.
In August 2007, Ms. Dinnerstein released her debut solo CD on Telarc, a recording of the Goldberg Variations which earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart during its first week of sales and has remained highly ranked since then. The disc appeared on "Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, several radio stations, iTunes "Editor’s Choice Best Classical,” Amazon.com Best CDs of 2007, and Barnes & Noble's Top 5 Debut CDs of 2007 (along with Amy Winehouse, Andy Davis, Chrisette Michele, and Grace Potter).
The New York Times reported, "An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the Goldberg Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new." Slate.com raved, "Dinnerstein is a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess . . . [She] is touring. Go hear her, and get religion. And if you can’t, there’s always the record.” Piano Magazine called the disc, "precisely the kind of playing that the early 21st century most needs, infused as it is with a deep and pervasive sense of beauty and tenderness of heart which is often profoundly affecting.”
In November 2007, Ms. Dinnerstein made her recital debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Philip Lasser’s Variations on a Bach Chorale, and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32, Op. 111. The concert was recorded live, and will be released by Telarc on August 26, 2008 in the US and September 29, 2008 in the UK.
Ms. Dinnerstein graduated from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. Her other teachers include Solomon Mikowsky and Maria Curcio. She is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.
Ms. Dinnerstein makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband and son. Her father is the painter, Simon Dinnerstein.