Dan Tepfer (born 1982 in Paris, France) is a French-American jazz pianist and composer. He is best known for his 2011 album Goldberg Variations/Variations and his 2019 multimedia project Natural Machines.
|Born||8 January 1982|
|Associated acts||Lee Konitz, Ben Wendel|
Dan Tepfer grew up in Paris, France in a musical and scientific family. He received a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh and a master's degree in jazz piano performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as a pianist and composer. He tours around the world, with frequent appearances in Europe in particular. Since 2009, he has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings on Sunnyside Records and Verve Records, working in trio, duo and solo formats. He is also known since 2007 as one of the most frequent collaborators of jazz icon Lee Konitz.
Awards and honors
- 2006: First Prize and Audience Prize, Montreux Jazz Festival Bösendorfer Solo Piano Competition
- 2007: Winner of American Pianists Awards and Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, American Pianists Association
- 2011: CHOC Jazz Magazine (France) for "Goldberg Variations / Variations"
- 2011 – 2013: Rising Star Pianist, Down Beat
- 2012 – 2013: Rising Star Pianist, JazzTimes
- 2014: Charles Ives Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2016: MacDowell Fellowship, MacDowell Colony
- 2017: CHOC Jazz Magazine (France) for "Eleven Cages"
- 2018: Fondation BNP-Paribas 3-year artistic development award
- 2005: Before the Storm, with Richie Barshay and Jorge Roeder (DIZ)
- 2007: Oxygen, with Richie Barshay and Jorge Roeder (DIZ)
- 2009: Twelve Free Improvisations in Twelve Keys (DIZ)
- 2009: Duos with Lee, duo with Lee Konitz (Sunnyside)
- 2010: Five Pedals Deep, with Thomas Morgan and Ted Poor (Sunnyside)
- 2011: Goldberg Variations/Variations (Sunnyside)
- 2013: Small Constructions, with Ben Wendel (Sunnyside)
- 2017: Eleven Cages, with Thomas Morgan and Nate Wood (Sunnyside)
- 2018: Decade, duo with Lee Konitz (Verve Records)
- 2019: Natural Machines, with real-time musical and visual algorithmic response (Sunnyside)
With Billy Hart