Esplanade Presents


Fred Hersch


30 Jul 2023, Sun, 4pm & 7.30pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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“Fred Hersch Solo is a set that puts the pianist's technical expertise front and center. His is an approach rich in emotion, with a nimble delicacy of touch.”
– Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz


“Hersch has such a splendid mix of intuition and technical prowess, there is no filtering of this gift by bass and drums…his pensiveness over the timing, touch and solo excursions are palpable.”
–John Lennon, JazzWeekly


A fifteen-time Grammy nominee as both jazz pianist and composer with more than 50 albums to his name, Hersch has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The L.A. Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker. He has garnered jazz’s most prestigious awards, including distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros.


Hersch has long set the standard for expressive interpretation and inventive creativity in a stunning variety of settings through his exquisite solo performances, as the leader of one of jazz’s era-defining trios. His long-standing trio was also named Best Jazz Group in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll and their 2018’s Live In Europe (Palmetto) which documents one remarkable evening in Brussels and has been hailed as its best to date.


A Workshop with Fred Hersch
Unlock your jazz potential in this workshop with living jazz legend Fred Hersch.

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6 and above.
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Artist Information

Fred Hersch

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A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist who’s been shaping music’s course for over three decades.


His albums have consistently received lavish critical praise and numerous international awards and his 2017 Palmetto album Open Book was, as the title implies, his most revealing and intimate solo outing, and was nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards. On his 2022 album with string quartet Breath By Breath, Stereophile said “Fred Hersch has reached a level of eminence among jazz pianists that makes everything he does important…The album sounds measured, graceful, meticulously detailed, and melodic.” 


Hersch’s acclaimed memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly (Crown Archetype Books/Random House), compellingly reveals the story of his life in music along with a frank recounting of his struggles and triumphs as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician. It was named one of 2017’s Five Best Memoirs by the Washington Post and The New York Times. As a composer, Hersch has earned similar distinction with such visionary pieces as 2003’s Leaves of Grass, a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry, and the 2010 multimedia project My Coma Dreams.

Date & Time

30 Jul 2023, Sun


Esplanade Recital Studio


Esplanade Recital Studio
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