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Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch About Composed the score for 1975’s A Chorus Line, receiving both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his work. Other Informations He was a rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand. His first hit was Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows written with Howard Liebling and recorded by Lesley Gore in 1965. …

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Harmony Zhu

Harmony Zhu About Piano player who’s performed her musical abilities on television where she won National First Place at Canadian Music Competition. She was named as one of the 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Other Informations She was 6 when she won National First Place at CMC where she learned to play piano …

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Sammi Doll

Sammi Doll About Gained fame as a photographer and backup vocalist/keyboardist of the LA based band My Satellite in 2010. She later joined the bands Bullet Height, Losers and IAMX. Other Informations She taught herself how to play the keyboard. She toured with 80’s pop rock icons The Go-Go’s, Canadian icon k.d. lang, and country …

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Phil Markowitz

Phil Markowitz About Grammy-nominated jazz sideman who performed and recorded with the greatest musicians of his day, including Mel Lewis and Bill Evans. Other Informations He was a graduate of Eastman School of Music and received his break in 1979 when he was hired to perform with Chet Baker’s band, an association that would last …

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Lyle Mays

Lyle Mays About Longtime collaborator with guitarist Pat Metheny who was responsible for most of Metheny’s music. Other Informations He composed an album for the North Texas State University Lab Band, the first college band nominated for a Grammy. His creativity with sounds, especially on the synthesizer, was a major part of Pat Metheny’s success …

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Victoria Asher

Victoria Asher About Musician who played the keytar (a small keyboard mounted on a neck strap) for the pop band Cobra Starship. She also formed a Los Angeles band called Optimo and pursued a solo musical career. Other Informations At the age of eight, she performed with Neil Diamond on a Christmas album. She attended …

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Oscar Levant

Oscar Levant About Pianist, composer, and intellectual who became known for his witty appearances on The Jack Paar Show and other TV fare. Other Informations He studied with famed piano pedagogue Zygmunt Stojowski after moving to New York in 1922 following his father’s death. He also studied with Arnold Schoenberg and became close friends with …

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Helene Grimaud

Helene Grimaud About Musician who was described as “a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances.” She was the co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center. Other Informations She began studying at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1982, winning its 1st Prize in 1985. She was known to have synesthesia, a neurological condition that gave her …

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Mona Golabek

Mona Golabek About Concert musician who wrote the 2002 book The Children of Willesden Lane about her pianist mother’s time with the Kindertransport. Other Informations She won the 1972 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which opened the door for her debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall. She and her sister, pianist Renee Golabek-Kaye, …

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Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Ross Bagdasarian Sr. About Armenian-American pianist, songwriter and producer best known as the creator of the fictional chipmunk band Alvin and the Chipmunks. As a songwriter, he penned well-known singles like “Come On-a My House,” recorded by Rosemary Clooney. Other Informations He joined the U.S. Army shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. He …

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Henry Jolles

Henry Jolles About German musician who mastered both contemporary and classical music. He was forced to flee to Brazil during World War II because of the Nazi threat. Other Informations His musicality was impacted by virtuoso Eugen d’Albert who saw potential in the boy after hearing him play when Henry was six. He was a …

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Kathleen Long

Kathleen Long About Known for her longtime collaboration with violinist Antonio Brosa and her advocacy of France’s Gabriel FaurĂ©. Other Informations She was a student under British pianist and composer Herbert Sharpe from 1910 until 1916 while at London’s Royal College of Music. She was named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British …