Chicago Music Association (CMA), Branch No. 1, NANM, Inc. will present pianist Jeremy Jordan in recital Sunday, November 20 at 4:00 pm in the Paul Robeson Theater at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. Jordan, the first place winner of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM, Inc.) 2010 piano competition, is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and is presently completing the requirements for his master’s degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School. Admission to the recital is free but donations will be accepted.
Jeremy Jordan, 22, began his piano studies at age 4 with his parents as his first teachers. At age 9 he began piano studies with Professor Regina Syrkin at DePaul University’s Community Music School. He is currently studying with Matti Raekallio at Juilliard and receiving coaching with renowned pianist Yoshie Akimoto in Connecticut.
In addition to the 2010 NANM Scholarship in piano, Jordan has won the Rembrandt Chamber Ensemble Competition with the Chicago Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble, the Walgreens Concerto Competition – Piano Division of the Midwest Young Artists; the 2006 Steinway Piano Concerto Competition; the 2010 Chicago Music Association, Branch No. 1, NANM Piano Scholarship Competition; and the Central Region-NANM, Inc. piano scholarship competition. As a composer Jordan was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Young Composer’s Competition for his Piano Fantasie No. 3 and his Nocturne for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon which was premiered on National Public Radio in 2002.
Jeremy Jordan made his orchestral debut in 2006 with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and six months later recorded the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 in his European debut appearance in Prague in Rudolfinum Hall with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra followed by a repeat performance in 2007 with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago. He made his debut performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in May, 2011 and was the guest for a ‘live’ performance and interview August, 2011 on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM "Impromptu" with Kerry Frumkin. Jordan's Carnegie Hall debut performance November 10, 2011 received a standing ovation from the audience.
A versatile performer who performs various styles of music, Jeremy Jordan is a recipient of the Dick Wang Jazz Piano Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Jordan has also played with the Merit Music Honors Jazz Ensemble, the Thelonius Monk Advanced Arts Education Jazz Band, and was selected to perform on the Steinway Peace Piano for UNICEF during its world tour performance at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
Jeremy Jordan is currently preparing and producing a Juilliard concert and lecture series featuring the music of Liszt in honor of the Bicentennial of the composer’s birth; and a concert featuring his own variations on the music of Rachmaninoff for piano and orchestra.
Jeremy Jordan is the son of Chicago educator/musicians Mark and Verna Jordan.