Tepfer earned global acclaim for his 2011 Sunnyside album
Goldberg Variations/Variations, a disc where he performs and
improvises on Bach’s masterpiece to
“elegant, thoughtful and thrilling” effect, according to New
Bach’s Goldberg Variations is a musical composition
for keyboard consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations.
First published in 1741, it is named after Johann Gottlieb
Goldberg, who may also have been the first performer of the
Tepfer’s take includes him performing the original aria and 30
variations, adding a corresponding improvisation to each
“Dan’s imaginative interpretation of Bach’s work brings new life
to the classic through a modern lens,”
said Emanuela Friscioni,
director of Tri-C’s Classical Piano Series.
“He brings the music into new
territory in a way that is respectful, joyous, and a delight to
Tepfer has performed around the world with some of the leading
lights in jazz and classical music during an award-winning
career. Born in 1982 in Paris to US-American parents, he
currently calls New York City home.
The 2021 Tri-C Classical Piano Series is presented by
the William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation
and made possible by Cuyahoga
the National Endowment for the Arts,
the Ohio Arts Council and Arts Midwest.
This is the final show in Tri-C’s four-part 2021 Classical Piano
Series. All performances were presented online. Past
performances featured duo Emanuela Friscioni and Antonio
Pompa-Baldi, Aaron Diehl and Caroline Oltmanns.