Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader, and sideman with jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released thirteen CDs as a leader. His recent CD, Impromptu (2010), featuring his reimaginings of classical themes for jazz trio, was praised by Elliott Simon in AllAboutJazz as “a session that once again shows Rosenthal to be among the most creative musicians in the mainstream.”
Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo in New York City, Ted Rosenthal has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and with Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He is the pianist of choice for many top jazz vocalists, including Helen Merrill and Ann Hampton Callaway.
A recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosenthal regularly performs and records his compositions, which include jazz tunes and large-scale works. He premiered and performed his second jazz piano concerto, Jazz Fantasy, in May 2011 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. The Survivor, his first piano concerto, has been performed by the Manhattan Jazz Philharmonic and the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, with Rosenthal at the piano. He has also composed music for dance, including Uptown, by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, premiered in New York in 2009 and currently touring around the world.
Rosenthal’s orchestral performances include solo and featured appearances with the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony.
Rosenthal received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music. He has been a member of Manhattan School of Music’s faculty since 1999 and of Juilliard’s faculty since 2005. Rosenthal also presents jazz clinics throughout the world, often in conjunction with his touring. He was a contributing editor for Piano and Keyboard magazine and has published piano arrangements and feature articles for Piano Today and The Piano Stylist.
He has been a Faculty Representative on the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees since fall of 2011.