About the Artists
Nathan Giglierano -
Eighteen year old (at the time of the recording), Nathan Giglierano began his musical career inventing instruments out of common objects when he was only two years old. He carried around a watering can, cheerfully humming into the long spout, tooting out songs. As Nathan grew older he had free reign to explore the family's large collection of musical instruments including, guitar, banjo, sitar, dulcimer, oud, harmonica, balalaika, bagpipes and mandolin.
It wasn't until he was ten-years old that be began to study the violin in the public school strings program. By the end of 6th grade, his orchestra teacher recommended that he audition to study with Allen Ohmes, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, with whom he studied throughout high school.
Nathan has spent the last four summers honing his skills at venues such as Madeline Island Music Camp, Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Workshop, North Carolina School of the Arts and Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, an intense and austere camp that has been the summer camp of many of the world's top string players, including Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman. In 2008, Nathan toured Europe with The City High Symphony Orchestra, where he performed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Nathan studied composition with Steinway Artist, Dan Knight and made his first professional recording of his own compositions in 2009. His CD, Songs of Healing was inspired by a friend's journey with cancer.
Nathan served as concertmaster for The City High Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Candace Wiebener and was a four-year member of The Iowa All State Orchestra. Nathan has performed in many chamber groups including two ensembles coached by Maia Quartet members Hannah Holman and Tricia Park. He will continue his musical studies this fall at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Dan Knight -
As one of the world’s finest improvising musicians, he is one of the acknowledged master pianists of his generation. He’s earned a worldwide reputation as a performer whose wit, personality and peerless musicianship fills concert halls and jazz clubs alike.
Equally adept on the concert stage in the field of “modern” classical music and in the clubs and festival halls of the world of jazz, he has performed in some of the world’s finest venues and most prestigious music festivals.
He teaches and performs in a style he calls “painting with sound.” This style is best displayed in his composition “The Walt Whitman Suite,” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
His “modern” classical compositions range from solo piano to symphonic pieces. They are frequently inspired by masterworks of visual art, and often include both thorough composition and improvisation in a seamless synthesis of creativity, spontaneity and structure.
As a jazz musician and composer he has appeared across the United States and Europe in performances which include an unprecedented three consecutive performances in the Acoustic Concerts Series of the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.
He is in demand internationally as a guest lecturer and clinician, composer, solo pianist and leader of his own musical ensembles in some of the most prestigious clubs, concert halls, museums of art, music festivals and educational institutions in the world. As a composer, pianist and improviser, Dan Knight continues to extend the boundaries of style and composition in his impassioned performances of classical music, jazz and free improvisation.