Judith Lynn Stillman has been hailed by the press as “a poetess of the piano” and by nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis as “a rare find, a remarkable virtuoso, a consummate artist.” Stillman holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, where she received the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist and won the Juilliard Concerto Competition. A native New Yorker who began playing the piano at age three, winner of 18 piano competitions and recipient of the First Pell Award in the Arts, Stillman is the Artist-in-Residence and a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. She is an internationally renowned soloist, chamber musician, choral conductor, composer and artist-teacher.
In addition to performing in world premieres at Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and at music festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, Yale-at-Norfolk, Lancaster, Mainly Mozart, and at festivals in Switzerland, France, Holland, Italy, Costa Rica and Israel, Stillman was visiting Artist-in-Residence in China, Russia and the Czech Republic at principal music academies including Beijing’s Central Conservatory and the Prague Conservatory. She has collaborated with numerous and diverse artists including Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, Gil Kalish, Carol Wincenc, Martin Chalifour, Richard Stoltzman, Cho-Liang Lin; members of the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Chamber Players, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and LA Philharmonic Orchestras; the Shanghai, Borromeo, Cassatt, Lydian and Muir String Quartets; progressive rock keyboardist Jordan Rudess, electric violinist Mark Wood, Broadway actors Tony Roberts, Gregg Edelman and Karen Mason; with Herbie Hancock in a commercial for BOSE, with fiddler Mark O’Connor in a virtual interactive exhibit at the SONY Wonder Museum, as a performer at the Grammys in honor of Mstislav Rostropovich and in the Academy Award’s “Uniting Nations” program. Her mentors have included Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Serkin, Andre Watts, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Irwin Freundlich.
Stillman composed the song cycle “Phoenix from the Ashes,” which received national media attention for its recent premiere with New York Metropolitan Opera soprano Lori Phillips and Stillman at the piano and was the centerpiece of the Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemorative Concert at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC as well as the focus of the RI PBS-TV documentary, “Phoenix from the Ashes,” a film created by Stillman. A frequent performer on radio and television, Public Radio Music Month’s Featured Artist, and creator of feature programs for RI-PBS TV, Stillman has served as Music Director for Operafestival di Roma in Italy. Recent season highlights include: soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Gisele Ben-Dor, conductor, in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University; the premiere of Stillman’s interdisciplinary events “ArtsAlive!,” with musical interpretations and visual art created simultaneously on stage, at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts; a WGBH broadcast on “Drive Time Live” with host Kathy Fuller; a performance of the Mozart Double Concerto, as duo-pianist with rockstar keyboardist Jordan Rudess of Dream Theatre; the launching of the Judith Lynn Stillman channel on Apple’s iRadio “and the premiere of Dueling Double Divas: A Micro-Opera, words and music by Judith Lynn Stillman, premiered by The Metropolitan Opera’s twin sister stars, Lori Phillips and Mary Phillips.
Stillman’s discography includes recordings on SONY, North Star (“Christmas Remembered,” the first, sold over 200,000 copies and features Stillman’s arrangements performed by members of the NY Philharmonic and Boston Symphony), guest artist with the Borromeo Quartet on their “Living Archive Series,” her recent release “Viennese Gems,” with famed clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the Muir Quartet’s cellist Michael Reynolds, featuring trios by Beethoven and Zemlinsky on EcoClassics, and the iconic duo album with Wynton Marsalis on SONY Classical, “On the Twentieth Century,” which was on the Top Ten of the Billboard Charts: “Marsalis and Stillman make an impeccable team. The playing consistently dazzles.”—San Francisco Examiner; “The wonderful Judith Lynn Stillman plays with conviction and insight. A model of clarity. Brilliant!”—American Record Guide