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It has been said that he plays in a “free-flowing, emotional manner that seems to go to the music’s veryas soul.” (Stereophile Magazine, ‘Music to Die For’)
Steinway Artist, Emile Pandolfi, is a second generation Italian, born in Brooklyn, NY. Music was part of family life. His father played guitar and mandolin; and, while his mother was not a musician, she loved and encouraged music study for her children.
Emile took his first piano lessons at age five, at The Third Street Music Settlement, in the lower East Side of Manhattan. When his family relocated to South Carolina a few years later, he continued his training without interruption. After earning his degree in piano performance, Emile began his working career playing pop standards (somehow, no one was ready for a classical piano bar!) and fell in love with musicals and movie themes. Emile is a master at conveying a whole range of emotions through his varied, and uniquely beautiful, arrangements of pop standards and timeless Broadway classics.
Many years were spent performing in clubs and theaters in various parts of the world: St Thomas, U.S.V.I. Sussex, England; Denver, and Los Angeles. His experiences have included some unique opportunities, such as doing a six-year stint at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and performing Rhapsody in Blue in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics, also in LA.
Today he is known as one of the world’s premier pianists; he has recorded thirty solo albums on his own label, with sales upwards of three and a half million copies. Recent projects include a collection of Broadway favorites recorded in 2010 with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and a new album of classic movie themes released in 2016. Also in 2016 he performed at the Liverpool Cathedral, the Cafè de Concert in Oslo, at the Caffe Florian in Piazza San Marco (Venice, Italy) and the Ca’ Sagredo, a fifteenth century Palazzo, also in Venice.
With a performance career spanning 25 years, this seasoned performance artist connects with his audiences at a very personal level as he shares his love of life, laughter and music.