Tony Caramia

Professor of Piano

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

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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 and a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine. 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 many original compositions to the 10th 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 November, 2014, he was invited to perform and lecture at the Meetings on Piano Pedagogy, at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.  In June, 2016, he was a guest artist and teacher at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, recent 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 Dana Suesse—The Girl Gershwin.  In 2015 he honored the Centennial year of the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter.  To celebrate the 100th Anniversary Year of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State, his students performed music by women composers from 1917-2017— including world premieres of compositions by Ching-Shan Jessie Chang and Jon Lin Chua—at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance.

updated 2/12/17


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 (but is subscription only.)

[audio:|titles=Tony Caramia – KC Spring is Here]

“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:

Engagements / Professional Activities


Tuesday, March 7
Celebrating 100th Anniversary Year of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State

7:30 pm Hochstein School of Music and Dance

featuring performances by my students of music by women composers from 1917-2017, including world premiers of compositions by Ching-Shan Jessie Chang and Jon Lin Chua.

Thursday, March 30
Moores School of Music
University of Houston

  • Recital (Dudley): Thursday, March 30, 7:30pm

  • Teacher Workshop (MSM 212), “Jazzy Students”: Friday, March 31, 10-11:30am

  • Masterclass (Dudley): Friday, March 31, 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, July 17
Eastman Summer Concert Series
Celebrating the Music of Marian McPartland
with special guest pianist:  Krista Suddon