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Tony Caramia

Professor of Piano

Director, Piano Pedagogy Studies
Coordinator, Class Piano Program
Affiliate Faculty, Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media

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Biography

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program.  In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR.  He has served as a judge for the American Jazz Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Pianists Association, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Young Texas Artists Competition.  In September of 2007, he was privileged to perform in the dedication concert on the new “Sorel” Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel.

He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.

Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series.  He is a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine (see the 2014 May/June issue for an article about Dana Suesse) and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher.  Recent solo piano publications by Alfred Music Publishing include Shoo-fly Shuffle, and American Treasures (part of the Jazz Performers Series); Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation),as well as contributions to the 9th edition of Keyboard Musicianship, Books 1 and 2.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops.  He has lectured and performed at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand.  In July 2013, he participated as a guest artist and teacher at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

In 2005 he participated in the International Stride Summit in Switzerland.  He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, the past four National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study, in Princeton, NJ in 2010.  A strong advocate of theme recitals—he spoke at the CFMTA-MTNA Collaborative Conference in Toronto, Canada on the topic:  The Art of Modern Recital Programming— he has presented multi-media tributes to composers George Gershwin, Billy Mayerl, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers; and the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter.  As part of the 2013 and 2014 Eastman Women in Music Festivals, he performed music by Dana Suesse—The Girl Gershwin.

updated 10/19/14

Media

Here is a recent recording of mine. It is an audio clip attached to an article published online, as part of the Clavier Companion magazine digital edition, May/June issue. The article is in the Jazz and Pop Department: An Aural Journey through Spring is Here. The url is http://www.claviercompanion.com/ (but is subscription only.)

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“America the Beautiful” (Samuel A. Ward; arr. Tony Caramia)

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Performed on 9/25/11 in Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

Tony Caramia, piano

 

Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 (Chopin/Caramia)

Recorded live 10-02-2010 at the “Homage to Chopin” guest artist recital by SUNY Fredonia alumnus Tony Caramia.

 

“If I Only Had a Brain” (Harold Arlen)

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Performed on 1/29/11 in Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

Mark Kellogg, trombone and Tony Caramia, piano

 

On February 13, 2007, an Alec Wilder Centennial event was held in Kilbourn Hall. Tony Caramia and soprano Karen Holvik performed Cy Walter’s “Time and Tide”; and Tony played Cy’s 1965 arrangement of Alec Wilder’s “While We’re Young” and Bill Dobbins’ 2004 arrangement of the same song. Listen to the performances here: http://www.cywalter.com/

Engagements / Professional Activities

2014

Tuesday, October 28
Chatterbox Club of Rochester
, 10:00 AM
25 Goodman St. N
Rochester, NY
(585) 473-4554
Sounds of Autumn

Sunday, December 14
Society for Chamber Music in Rochester
Memorial Art Gallery, 7:30 PM
Contemporary Vignettes

 

2015

Tuesday, February 10
Eastman Faculty Artist Series

Hatch Hall, 8:00 PM

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