Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yamaha Behind the Scenes: Who You Gonna Call? Bryan Pezzone!

We're lucky enough today to present you with a profile on one of the most prolific and popular PianoSoft recording artists of all time, Bryan Pezzone, as written by our PianoSoft insider, Cathy. Enjoy!

When John Williams needs a pianist for a movie score, the first person he requests is Bryan Pezzone.

One of the most versatile pianists in Los Angeles, as well as one of the busiest. After all, how many pianists can play a concerto, play by ear, read anything thrown in front of him, and record Pop, Rock, Broadway, Jazz and more with equal skill and sensitivity? It is safe to say that Bryan is the foremost free-lance pianist for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music working today. He's also one of our most prolific PianoSoft performers.

From our perspective as PianoSoft producers, we selfishly enjoy his tremendous diversity, skill and artistic performances. In the “who you gonna call” vein, he is always at the top of our pianist wish list. Bryan’s collections have been best sellers for the past ten years and don’t show any signs of slowing down. His credits include "The Best of Elton John" (our alltime best selling PianoSoft album), "Debussy Piano Works" (one of our most popular classical albums), and the brand new "Morning Has Broken - Hits of Cat Stevens".

We know you’ll enjoy his PianoSoft offerings - click here to see a full list.

And Bryan's resume is just as impressive as the body of work he's produced for Yamaha. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he won both the Performers Certificate and the concerto competition. He also studied at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center on full scholarship for two successive summers.

Bryan is currently exploring his passion for improvisation through his “Freedom Series” concerts, which skirt the lines of classical, jazz and improv while encouraging dialogue with the audience. He has released numerous recordings of his own compositions, which blend classical and jazz influences, and has also contributed to recordings of composers as disparate as John Cage and Brahms.

Among the groups Bryan has performed with are the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, Santa Clarita Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.

You can learn more about this talented artist at: www.bryanpezzone.net

- Cathy